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After a second time being forced by the court to attend a counselling program for domestic perpetrators, Vitalie realised that there is no place for violence in his family. And because of his stereotypical beliefs about the role of women and men in a family, he had a violent behaviour towards his wife with whom once started in love and respect.
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Kamilla Pivovarenko is a 15-year-old girl from the city of Dnepr, Ukraine who fled the war with her mother and came to the Republic of Moldova. As part of a project through the MilleniuM Training and Development Institute, Pivovarenko performed in the charity show "Stories through Stones," along with other young refugees. Since coming to Moldova, she has continued to be involved in various creative activities that can change the world for the better.
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On October 6, 2022, the distance learning course "Managing cases of domestic violence" has been launched on the platform https://elearn.anas.md/. The course has been developed by National Center for Training, Assistance, Counseling and Education from Moldova in partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, the National Social Assistance Agency, at the initiative of UN Women and with financial support of Sweden.
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Since UN Women, through its mandate, promotes the “Women, Peace and Security” Agenda and encourages women’s participation in decision-making processes, we spoke to Jana Costachi on the International Day of Peace about her experience supporting refugees and peacekeeping processes.
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Young people are agents of change, and UN Women encourages their engagement in actions aimed at promoting the importance and need to achieve gender equality.
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An event dedicated to the Istanbul Convention took place at the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova. Entitled „Joint dialogue – Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence from ratification to implementation”, it was organised on the platform of the Committee on Foreign Policy and European Integration in collaboration with UN Women Moldova, National Coalition „Life without Domestic Violence” and with financial support from Sweden.
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Yaroslav, 19, is a young man from Odessa who fled to the Republic of Moldova at the beginning of March 2022, together with his family. He is passionate about music, computers and accounting. The young musician has had an atypical development and multiple forms of disability, and the bombing and stress caused by the war has dramatically undermined his health. Before the war, thanks to therapy, Yaroslav was able to walk on his own, with a little help. Now, he uses a wheelchair again.
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Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Moldova and Poland have received the highest number of refugees. As of 22 April, about 91 thousand Ukrainian refugees are residing across the different regions of Moldova. UN Women has been working with partners to gather, analyse and disseminate data to illustrate the differential and disproportionate impacts of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on women and girls.
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The ‘Strengthened Gender Action in Cahul and Ungheni districts’ project was launched with the support of UN Women and is implemented by ‘Artemida’ NGO from Drochia aiming to develop assistance and counselling service for victims of gender-based violence and domestic violence (assistance for victims of violence) in Cahul and Ungheni districts.

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As of 22 March 2022, there were 97.057 refugees from Ukraine in Moldova, most being women and children. This is also the case of an extended family of 12 members of the Roma community who were forced to flee their homes in the village of Arbuzinka, Mykolaiv Oblast, Ukraine, to seek safety, protection, and assistance in the Republic of Moldova.
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The study „Childcare, women’s employment and COVID-19 impact in Moldova” conducted by UN Women Moldova, in collaboration with UNECE, with financial support from Sweden, was launched in Chisinau, at the beginning of this week.
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Developing and launching informative campaigns aiming at ensuring that each person is aware of how abusive behaviours manifest themselves and how to report them, represent an important step towards preventing this phenomenon. At the same time, it is an important step towards learning how to behave in case we become survivors or witnesses of such abusive situations. As Sexual Awareness Month is marked worldwide annually in April, this year, we reiterate the necessity of recognizing abusive...
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The United Nations in Moldova in partnership with Public Authorities, the International Community and the Civil Society is joining the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign that marks the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (25 November to 10 December 2020) under the global theme, “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!".
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Violence against women is a structural and global phenomenon that does not know social, economic or national boundaries. It is a serious human rights violation, which remains largely unsanctioned. In 2011, the Council of Europe adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention).
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Ianos Petrascu’s road to the world of art started from the dream to become an artist, to the opportunity to teach others the profession of acting and directing and to finally set up his own theater, different from those the audience was accustomed to so far. ‘ In fact, I liked everything that happened on the stage since early childhood, and, as any adolescent or young man, I had a dream – to become an artist. There were very few ways that could have led me to the stage, one...
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Virtual reality applications are popular for 3D games, but more and more they are effectively used to train first responders in emergency situations, medical professionals, aviators, military staff and others. As part of its innovation initiatives, UN Women Moldova are testing the use of virtual reality to train police officers for an efficient response to cases of violence against women. To find out more about the use of virtual reality in solving social issues, we spoke with Bjorn Bakken,...
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On 22 February 2018 the Government of Moldova has adopted the National Strategy on prevention and combating violence against women and domestic violence for 2018-2023, a premier for Moldova.
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The Moldovan Parliament, Government, local public authorities, United Nations, non-governmental organizations, teachers and students, police officers, people from all across the country joined the international campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence”, which took place between November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and December 10, the Human Rights Day.
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Women survivors of violence and 22 organizations that form the „Life without Domestic Violence” National Coalition made an appeal to public authorities and the society to take immediate actions to combat violence against women. The call was expressed during the Public Dialog „You Are Not Alone: United to End Violence Against Women” which took place in Chisinau on 27 November 2017.
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Through this solidarity concert, 500 representatives of the Government, Parliament, civil society organizations, as well as development partners and mass-media expressed their solidarity with the women and girls from Moldova, that are threatened, suffer or suffered of violence throughout their lives. Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Moldova, noted: “For many years, the United Nations Organization in Moldova, in partnership with the...