On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Dmytro Kuleba calls on the society to put an end to the problem of violence and to exert every effort to combat it. He announced on Monday, November 25, at the Government House during the opening of the 16 Days Against Violence exhibition, organized with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
In the event there were participating First Lady Olena Zelenska, Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Kateryna Levchenko, UNFPA Representative in Ukraine Jaime Nadal, People's Deputy of Ukraine Maryna Bardina, Honorary Ambassador of the United Nations Population Fund to Ukraine Maria Yefrosinina took part in the event.
The Deputy Prime Minister stressed that sustained efforts are being taken in Ukraine to combat gender-based violence. In particular, a new law on the protection against domestic violence, approved by the previous composition of Parliament, the launch of a police unit to counter domestic violence "Polina". "Public organizations, the Government and our international partners are working on this social problem, but it is still far from being resolved," Dmytro Kuleba added.
The top official stressed that the Government was working to increase the efficiency of the protection and to ensure more people could feel safe. For example, since January 2018, when the hotline to counter violence was established, the number of appeals has been steadily increasing and has grown by 22% overall. Dmytro Kuleba is convinced: "It means that there is growing trust in the hotline, trust in the efforts of the authorities to combat violence, that is, the problem is getting out of shadows."
"I want to urge everyone not to be afraid to talk about this problem. Not to be afraid to inform the police and the specialists on the hotline about what is happening," the Deputy Prime Minister urged.
The exhibition presents stories of victims of domestic violence. They demonstrate the steps Ukraine has taken to provide quality assistance to the victims, but also point out what remains to be done to combat violence.
The international action aims to involve representatives of governments, parliaments, NGOs, UN partners and others to involve as many people as possible in the fight against violence, to highlight issues related to the prevention and eradication of violence against women and girls, which is one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world.
November 25 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It was founded by the UN exactly 20 years ago – on November 25, 1999. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a worldwide action started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was run for global actions to increase awareness, draw attention to the problems of gender-based violence, to activate government agencies and public organizations aimed to protect the rights of women, share knowledge and shape non-violent ideology within the society.