Sixteen Days of Activism campaign is taking place between November 25 – December 10 as part of a global campaign against gender-based violence. The recurrent campaign has been running in Ukraine for more than 15 years and is held for the fourth successive year in Kharkiv.
Local police officers and juvenile crime prevention inspectors of the city police departments, police officers of mobile teams responding to domestic violence crimes, and volunteers took part in the event.
As part of the campaign, volunteers explained to passers-by the point of the event, the meaning of the attributes, where orange is a symbol of peace free from violence. They also called to join the symbolic vote – take the “Kharkiv Free from Violence” logo and take a picture at the “Ladoshka” (Palm) construction with a slogan to fix the vote for a city free from violence. People posted pictures from the event on social networks.
“If an act of violence has occurred once, it will most likely happen again, but the vast majority of people affected by various forms of violence do not even realize that they suffer from it. The consequence of violence for the whole of society is the phenomenon of the social relay race: children who were affected by violence are more inclined to reproduce such a model of behavior in their own families, and this circle of violence must be broken,” the organizers noted.
According to the organizers, the event aims to draw people’s attention to the fact that violence is usually systemic and ruins an individual.
Through a street event, law enforcement officers called on the people to report the cases of domestic violence to the National Police. The affected by domestic violence can call mobile teams: 0993666345, 0937953453, 0993666358, 0937953106 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily or La Strada – Ukraine non-government organization.
The event was organized by the Department of Family, Youth and Sports with the technical support of the Representative Office of the United Nations Population Fund in Ukraine (UNFPA).
The Ukrainian Parliament adopted the law “On the Prevention and Counteraction of Domestic Violence” in December 2017, which provides a new approach in combating this terrifying pattern in society. The new law came into force on January 7, 2018.
Reference: This day was officially announced by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999 but it has been observed since 1981 in memory of the tragic death of the Mirabal three sisters in the Dominican Republic on November 25, 1960. The international campaign starting in 1991, originates from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute which was coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
Photo: National Police