UT meets Lyudmyla Kovalchuk, the vice-president of La-Strada Ukraine, to talk about the work of the civil society organization and the United Nations initiative "16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence in Ukraine"
Lyudmyla Kovalchuk says that La-Strada is now organizing a number of events to prevent gender-based violence both for children and adults. She also speakes about the situation with increased levels of cases of violence against women in Eastern Ukraine and reveals how La-Strada supports women there.
The vice-president of La-Strada highlights: "As civil society organization, within these 16 days starting from November 25 till December 10, we are trying to attract the attention of our Ukrainian public, to the issue of violence against women, trying to work to have zero tolerance to violence, to understand the nature of violence. We are also providing hotline councelling. We have prevention activities within educational establishments and we are also working on high-political level with the parliament members, trying to help to contribute to ratification of Istanbul convention in Ukraine."
On November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the United Nations together with La-Strada Ukraine has launched "16 Days of Activism" - the initiative that 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.
Gender-based violence emerges as a consequence of discrimination against women and it is amongst 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.