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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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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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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
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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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Under the slogan “Orange the world” and with the aim to raise the public awareness about violence against women, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, in the Republic of Moldova, has been launched by UN Women Moldova on 25th of November with the illumination of the Parliament, as a sign of solidarity for a brighter future.
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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!".