Women's Rendezvous conceptualizes a 'space' for women where they can meet and interact with each other to find a supportive environment for standing against the gender based violence. It is a well-equipped place for women to discuss on the issues affecting their lives for building knowledge, skills and confidence to act against the violence. The women will find friends to listen to their problems and provide motivational support. Also, the place offers activities to enhance knowledge and skills among women on the issues affecting their lives. The integration of informal methodology and the social transformation objectives makes this approach innovative.
This approach will promote "no-tolerance on violence against women". It will be a place where women can meet on a regular basis to conduct discussion series facilitated by female peer educators. The discussions will incorporate strong messages that violence against women is unacceptable. The rendezvous will encourage, support and provide a platform for women to speak out and act against any cases of Gender Based Violence observed in their communities. Through the discussions with other women and also by making use of several resources of the rendezvous, the women will have access to information on how other women around the world deal with the discrimination and violence against them. Participation in such discussions will also result in women gaining access to wider resources.
Promoting women's access to information on their rights and the issues affecting their lives by is a key objective of the approach. There are many barriers to justice for women. Some of the barriers are women’s lack of knowledge of their rights. The discussion series in the rendezvous will be an opportunity for women to develop better understanding of their rights so that they will be in a better position to raise voice for their rights. The discussions will also involve interactions with individuals from diversified fields such as media, industries, technology, police personnel, bureaucrats, women's rights activists, etc. Likewise, the rendezvous will serve as a space for women to discuss on any other issues that interest them or affect their lives. The women can also make use of the space for their artistic works, music, dance, cultural activities and any other activities that would interest them and enhance their learning and skill development process.
Economic independence is a critical factor in enabling women to live away from violence and abusive situations. Women’s increased role in income-generation changes their status within the household. In other words, if women generate income, this will lead to a shift in patterns of household decision making. Hence, the women can also utilize the informative resources and support mechanism of the rendezvous for economic independence.
The women affected by violence and abusive situations will also have access to psychological support from trained counselors. Likewise, the women who wish to seek justice through courts need information on legal proceedings. Hence, the women in the rendezvous, trained in para-legal support, will also support them to access justice.
The rendezvous will also involve boys and men in the discussions as participants as well as facilitators and promote their involvement in the actions against gender based violence. If men and boys participate in the discussions dealing with the issues of women, they can be more supportive. Similarly, involving young boys on discussions on gender issues will help them to undergo gender sensitive socialization. Even though boys and men, unlike girls and women, do not have an obvious mutual interest in changing gender relations, it will help boys/men to realize that the violence against women has limited women's abilities and potential to contribute for the well-being and better quality of life for their family and the nation as a whole.
Women who are subjected to domestic violence are often in serious need of a safe shelter and support services to remain safe from certain circumstances which may even lead them to critical conditions including death. In this regard, women need to find a safe place to stay so that they can overcome the physical and psychological impact of the violence and develop confidence and courage to act against the violence through the support of other friends. The rendezvous will be able to protect women from critical forms of violence and increase women’s bargaining power within a violent and abusive relationship. The short stay at the rendezvous will increase women’s access to resources and strengthen their capacity to resist future violence.