Sixteen Days of Activism are taking place between November 25 – December 10 as part of a global campaign against gender-based violence. The action has been a tradition in Ukraine for more than 15 years and is now seeing its second successive year in Kharkiv.
To mark the start of the campaign, the Derzhprom building was lit orange, which is the colour of the current event. It represents a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls, as a unifying theme running through all of the campaign’s global activities.
The Center of Gender Culture has organized a series of activities related to this event which started with a screening of the documentary film “The Only Circle.” Its main characters are people with special needs who know how to open their souls and to savor each moment of their lives.
As a part of the event, “Vakhtery” presented a playback theater performance of “It’s Hard to Say”; a theatrical form where performers depict stories from real life in a form of a dialogue. Educational meetings with schoolchildren and teachers, lectures for social workers, interactive training, games, flash mobs and a mobile exhibition entitled “Stop Violence” took place in different locations across the city.
In the Gender Museum, all visitors were able to find out about different forms of violence: from visible and physical to invisible and sexual.
Overall, various events that aim to attract public attention to domestic violence have been taking place in 16 Ukrainian regions this year.
Notably, 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, originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute which was coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership.
Text: Antuanella Adamkevitsch
Edited: Peter Cribley, www.luckypupil.co.uk