National campaign promotes violence-free life for women and girls
25 November 2014
The United Nations launched today the campaign "16 Days of activism against gender-based violence", which during November 25 – December 10 will promote public awareness about violence against women and girls. Orange, which represents a brighter future free from violence, is the signature colour of the joint efforts to stop violence against women and girls and will be used throughout the campaign in Moldova and globally. The Republic of Moldova supports and participates in the campaign for the 14th year.
In Moldova, 63% of women experienced some type of violence (psychological, physical or sexual) from husband/partner during her lifetime. According to a study of the National Bureau of Statistics supported by the United Nations, 12% of women were exposed to all forms of violence while every 10th woman experienced economic violence and 19% of women were exposed to sexual violence at least once in their lifetime.
The campaign "16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence" includes exhibitions, flash mobs, meetings with the 100 mayors from Moldova who committed themselves to undertake prevention and information activities on domestic violence at the local level, a press conference on the prevention of violence against women with disabilities, open door events in districts, opening of a resource centre by the association against Domestic Violence “Casa Marioarei” etc.
“Violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights. We must end the silence and continue our joint efforts to raise awareness, build the capacities and improve the laws and policies to prevent and combat violence, in particular at the community level. As the UN Secretary General had called for, let’s end discrimination and impunity and contribute to changing mindsets”, said Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova, during the launch of the campaign.
This year, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence occur at a critical juncture for efforts to end violence against women and girls as the world gears up to mark the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, the Millennium Development Goals reach their deadline, and a new global development agenda takes shape. Also, 2014 marks the 35th anniversary of Women’s Rights Bill – the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
The Republic of Moldova committed to end violence against women by ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and adopting the Law on Preventing and Combating Family Violence. Reviewing Moldova’s progress in implementing the CEDAW Convention, the CEDAW Committee in October 2013 welcomed a number of points of progress, including the establishment of the Council on Preventing and Combating Discrimination and Ensuring Equality in 2013, the adoption of Law No. 121 on Ensuring Equality in 2012, and Law No. 45-XVI on Preventing and Combating Family Violence in 2008. The CEDAW Committee urged attention to improving law, policy and practice in a number of areas, including by establishing emergency protection orders to be issued by police in cases of domestic violence; bringing prosecutorial guidelines on the investigation of rape into conformity with international law; and improving the regulatory framework on contraceptive sterilization of women. The Committee also recommended particular attention to the situation of vulnerable women and girls, in particular Romani women and women with disabilities. Full documentation of the CEDAW Committee’s 2013 review of Moldova is available here.
The United Nations in Moldova supports a series of activities to inform the public on the effects of domestic violence, violence against women and girls, women from vulnerable groups and the whole society. UN Moldova continues to support local authorities to join the initiative COMMIT, a global initiative under the leadership of UN Women, it calls all Governments to commit themselves to end violence against women and girls. This initiative involves many ways through which Governments can ensure a violence-free life for women and girls: from promoting and improving the legal framework in this field, launching awareness campaigns, creating safe shelters/centres, setting up hot lines and legal assistance centres to supporting education programmes addressing gender stereotypes and violence. In Moldova, this initiative is localized by the involvement of local public authorities in fighting the violence against women and girls through concrete actions at the local level.
For more information please contact Natalia Moghilda, Communications Consultant, UN Women, M. 078 058 041 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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