The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign started
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25 November 2015

On 25th of November was held the press conference "Violence has no justification!". This event kicked off the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.

Its purpose was to raise public awareness on violence against women and girls. Nationally, the campaign is conducted for the 13th consecutive year, with the slogan "We are for a life without domestic violence".

The event was attended by the acting Deputy Minister of Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family, Nighina Azizov, deputy head of General Directorate for Public Security of the General Inspectorate of Police (IGP) within the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Vladimir Cazacov, country representative of UN WOMEN in Moldova, Ulziisuren Jamsran, member of the National Coalition "Life without domestic violence!", Daniela Misail-Nichitin, and others.

During the conference were presented some figures that talk about domestic violence. Thus, 2 in 3 women have experienced at least one form of violence in their lifetime; 12% of women have been subjected to all forms of violence; 40% of women have suffered physical violence at least once from their intimate partner. More, every 10th woman has been subjected to economic violence at least once in their lifetime, every 17th woman had a miscarriage, because of the violence and 90 percent of trafficked women were victims of domestic violence.

The acting Deputy Minister of Labour, Social Protection and Family, Nighina Azizov reiterated: "A primary aspiration of Moldova is the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention (Istanbul Convention). In this context, it has been elaborated a draft law to sign the Convention. However, this prerogative has generated the need to modify and complete the current regulatory framework in violence."

Vladimir Cazacov mentioned that this year, for the first time, there has been a decrease of cases in domestic violence. "The risks of violence can be prevented through information and awareness, and the fight against violence just by punishing do not solve the problem entirely," said Vladimir Cazacov.

Similarly, the country representative of UN Women in Moldova, Ulziisuren Jamsran, said there are some progress in legislation, referring to the importance of communication with victims of violence: "Violence must be condemned, social stigma – removed, while victims of violence must be supported and protected."

For the first time in Moldova, women infected with HIV, overcoming fears and stereotypes, have joined efforts to fight violence against women and girls. As a result of this partnership, within the context of the campaign "16 days of activism against gender based violence", was initiated awareness campaign "Violence has no justification."

The press conference was organized by the Informal Union of women living with HIV and the "Positive Initiative" Association, in partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family and with the support of UN Women in Moldova, UNDP, Eurasian Network of Women on AIDS and PAS Center.

Source: mmpsf.gov.md



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