Unite to End Violence against Women: Ukraine embraces new campaign to end gender-based violence

17:51 Nov. 25, 2016

Ukraine embraces new campaign to end gender-based violence

The United Nation launches campaign to fight violence against women (Source:endviolence.un.org)

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations launches anti-misogyny campaign, "16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence in Ukraine"    

The United Nations in Ukraine presents new activism initiative as part of the United Nations Secretary General's Campaign "UNiTE to End Violence against Women", which will generate awareness about violence against females.

For Ukraine, the activism campaign is crucial as in military conflicts the situation of violence normally increases; the public organization "La Strada – Ukraine" reports that there is an escalation of domestic violence in families in occupied territories. The representatives of the organization say that the only type of support they can provide now is psychological via 24/7 hotline service.

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In Ukraine, 22% of women aged 15-49 experience some form of a physical or sexual violence. Neal Walker, United Nations Resident Coordinator, emphasizes that the agenda of the campaign,"16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence in Ukraine", is to empower women and girls. Such values as women empowerment and gender equality should become central for Ukraine, as unequal distribution of resources between men and women is common in Ukraine. 

Neal Walker says"There is incredible evidence that shows that women who bring home salaries are far less susceptible to violence than the women who are under-paid or not paid at all. So, clearly, generating equal pay for equal work generates protection indirectly against violence." 

"16 Days of Activism" involves activists, governments, parliaments, civil society organizations and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls. Ukrainian NGOs will be hosting flash mobs, discussions, workshops and video demosntration for young and mature audiences to raise the awareness about violence against women. 

Part of the anti-misogyny campaign has been aimed to engage men and boys who will address the issue of violence. Neal Walker said that United Nation had previously adopted effective series of videos in Bangladesh where men spoke about the need to protect girls and not let them become victims of violence. 

Watch more: Ukraine's activists march for women's rights on International Women's Day

Gender-based violence emerges as a consequence of discrimination against women and it is among the most common acts of violence in the world. According to the UN report, one in three women is expected to experience physical or sexual abuse during her lifetime. 

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