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The first hit came when she was pregnant. The second came a week later. Many more followed. She didn’t keep track of them during the 30 years she lived with an abuser. „I spent half of my life not knowing that I have the right to be happy”, says Ioana*.
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On 29 November, UN Women Moldova and its partners held a dialogue at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) on "Access to Justice for Women Victims and Survivors of Gender-Based Violence," as part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence campaign.
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To mark 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, UN Women Moldova and its partners held a roundtable in Ungheni, bringing together representatives of local public authorities and the government, international communities, survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and local residents.
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To mark the launch of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, UN Women Moldova held a roundtable on promoting inter-sectoral cooperation in cases of domestic violence on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls.
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Organizația Națiunilor Unite în Moldova, în parteneriat cu autoritățile publice, organizațiile internaționale și societatea civilă se alătură Campaniei Secretarului General al ONU - 16 Zile de Activism pentru Eliminarea Violenței Împotriva Femeilor și Fetelor care se desfășoară anual în perioada 25 noiembrie - 10 decembrie. Campania reiterează necesitatea de a lupta pentru eradicarea imediată a violenței în bază de gen și pentru crearea unei lumi în care fetele și femeile se simt în siguranță.
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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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The media plays a key role in shaping attitudes and values in society, and it can also help promote positive social norms by addressing the causes of gender-based violence (GBV). Media outlets can participate in risk mitigation by providing essential information to victims, survivors and those who would like to support them.
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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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The Parliament of the Republic of Moldova hosted a roundtable entitled "Women for Peace" on 21 September. Honouring the occasion of the International Day of Peace, the event was organised by the Parliament and the Congress of Local Authorities of Moldova (CALM), with the support of UN Women and financial support from Sweden.
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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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UN Women collaborates with the Center for Support and Development of Civic Initiatives „Resonance” to implement tailored activities aiming at promoting and strengthening women’s participation in decision-making processes, to increase economic and social resilience in communities on both banks of Nistru River.
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A delegation from the United Nations Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) - including its government donors from Austria, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom - visited the Republic of Moldova on 21-23 June 2022 to witness the impact of WPHF-supported partners and assess the unique needs of local women’s organizations as they work to protect women and girls on the front lines of the Ukraine refugee crisis.
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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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Ana Grama is a young entrepreneur who transformed her passion for growing lavender into an eco cosmetics startup. Ana’s professional path started with the Pre-accelerator programme for women and girls implemented by XY Partners, with support from UN Women and funded by Sweden.
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Tamara Schiopu, 56, is an environmentalist and an expert in ecological agriculture from Moldova. She is the President of EcoLocal - Association of Organic and Artisanal Producers and Consumers of Moldova. Tamara has always been immersed in nature. Her husband has been an organic farmer for over 40 years. Tamara learned about the benefits of this type of agriculture from him and has adopted an environment and climate-friendly lifestyle.
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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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Millions of people have been fleeing their homes in Ukraine since the Russian invasion on 24 February 2022 turned into a full-fledged war. In Cahul, a border region in the south of the Republic of Moldova, local public authorities, volunteers and civil society are doing what they can to help, guide and host those on the move. 
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More than 400,000 people from Ukraine have crossed into the Republic of Moldova since Russia’s invasion on 24 February. According to Moldova’s Bureau for Migration and Asylum, over 1,600 Ukrainians had requested asylum as of 10 March.
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Anastasia Robuleț: Women refugees feel safer here, and I try to offer them all they support need
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Doina Gherman: I am proud that the Republic of Moldova has become the thirty fifth state in the world, which found the courage and sided with all victims of domestic violence