Ukrainian Campaign


Ukraine: National campaign “Stop Violence!”

In 2008 in the framework of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign and Council of Europe Campaign to Combat Violence against Women, including Domestic Violence, the Ministry of Ukraine for Family, Youth and Sports together with several NGOs and international organizations initiated a national campaign to fight violence against women and children as well as domestic violence. This campaign was named “Stop violence!”. 
Among the organizations that support the campaign - United Nations Development Programme, Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraine, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency SIDA, International Women’s Rights Centre La Strada Ukraine, International non-governmental Organization «School of Equal Opportunities», International Humanitarian Centre «Rozrada», «Project Kesher», All-Ukrainian Public Centre «Volunteer», Information and Consultation Women’s Centre and others.

“Stop violence!” campaign was also supported by famous Ukrainian sportsmen. 
Ms. Iryna Merleni, Olympic champion in freestyle wrestling, was first to join the public initiative. Ms. Iryna Merleni is very concerned about informing women about their rights and means to protect themselves.  
Ukrainian Football Federation also expressed its will to join the campaign. The first banners of the “Stop Violence!” campaign were launched on 30 October 2008 during a decisive match of female national football team. The Ukrainian team won the match and for the first time Ukraine entered the European championship 2009.  
Men did not stay indifferent to women’s problem. The strongest men in Ukraine, Mr. Vasyl Virastyuk, and Olympic champion in boxing, Mr. Vasyl Lomachenko both condemned vigorously domestic violence and violence against women and children.  

National forum “Stop violence!” and the Platform of actions 

A National forum “Stop violence!” was conducted in Kiev, Ukraine on 16-17 October 2008. This 2-days forum was focused on the issue of domestic violence and violence against women and children. 
More than 300 representatives of central and regional executive bodies, non-governmental and international organizations, scientists and experts took part in this forum.  
Members of the forum noticed that overcoming gender-based violence is a prerequisite for sustainable development of Ukrainian society on the grounds of democracy and human rights.
Ukraine is eager to fulfill its international agreements and is actively implementing legislative, administrative and informational measures to counteract gender violence and ensure gender equality for all. In 2001 Ukraine was the first country in Central and Eastern Europe to implement a legislative act aimed at preventing domestic violence (Law of Ukraine “On preventing violence in the family”). On 8 September 2005, Ukraine adopted another law “On ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and men”. This law aims at achieving an equal situation for women and men in all spheres of social life, eradicating all forms of gender discrimination. As for child protection measures, the Law of Ukraine “On protection of childhood” provides protection from all forms of violence. 
Members of the forum adopted the National Platform of actions as well as a detailed plan of its realization. They also developed a minimal standard of assistance that should be provided to victims of violence. 
The Platform of actions embraces the most important issues, strategic goals and measures, financial and organizational mechanisms that are necessary to produce efficient results in preventing and overcoming domestic violence. The Platform is a useful tool for State institutions and non-governmental organizations that are willing to fight against domestic violence.
Strategic goals and measures include, for example, preventative programmes, work with perpetrators, cooperation mechanisms for different structures, social assistance to victims. 
A special chapter is dedicated to organizational and financial questions in order to pursue the campaign’s goals in a more efficient manner. 

16 days against gender violence 

25 November 2008 (International day for the elimination of violence against women) was the starting point of an All-Ukrainian campaign “16 days of activism against gender violence”. The campaign was simultaneous to the UN 16-days campaign on human dignity and justice for all and lasted till 10 December – when the whole world celebrates Human Rights Day. 
In Ukraine, during the “16 days of activism against gender violence” campaign, several events were conducted in different regions of our country. Regional State administrations with the support of Equal Opportunities and Women’s Rights in Ukraine Programme (joint project of UNDP, SIDA and European Commission) organized round tables, presentations, informational events. 
In the Zakarpattya region a press-club meeting was focused on the gender violence issue. Kharkiv hosted a round table broadcasted live on a regional channel and the whole Kharkiv region witnessed street actions “Children’s voice against domestic violence” and a performance “We are against violence”. Lugansk region conducted a series of competitions on gender equality themes (best children picture, best photo and even best crossword puzzle). 


Kyiv, 4 March: Stop Violence Against Women - Celebrities and prominent Ukrainian men have created a Network of Men Leaders Against Violence. This Network is founded in the framework of National UN-led Campaign "Stop Violence!"

Kyiv, 28 April: All-Ukrainian action "No violence!", focused on preventing domestic violence, was conducted with the support from Equal Opportunities and Women's Rights in Ukraine Programme (co-funded by UNDP, European Union and SIDA). The event was organized by the State social service for family, youth and sports at the initiative of the Trade Union for railways workers and transport constructors and Ukrzaliznytsya [Ukrainian Railways].

Kyiv, 18 May: The first wave of outdoor social advertising against domestic violence has started in Ukraine's capital. The public service advertisements call on women to stop enduring violence and ask for help using the national "hot line" number.

28 May 2009. Mr. Mykola Onischuk, Minister of Justice of Ukraine met Ms Joanna Kazan- Wisniowiecka, UNDP Deputy Representative. During the meeting, they discussed the issue of domestic violence and the necessity to improve Ukrainian legislation in this field.
The Minister is aware of the gender discrepancy when it comes to domestic violence: 90 % of victims in Ukraine are women and in 75% of cases children also suffer from violence in the family. One in three women in Ukraine is abused by her husband or partner. 
Mr. Mykola Onischuk confirmed that the Ministry of Justice is working in close cooperation with United Nations and their agencies and programmes. The Minister stressed the importance of sharing and learning best practices and experiences. 

9-10 July, Kyiv: Equal Opportunities and Women's Rights in Ukraine Programme (a joint project of UNDP, European Union and Sida) together with the Ministry of Interior Affairs have conducted the seminar "Monitoring of activities of Interior affairs structures on the issue of domestic violence"/ The workshop covered Regional Assistants to the Minister of Interior Affairs of Ukraine.

Kyiv, 30 July. At the press-conference in UNIAN Minister of Ukraine for Family, Youth and Sports presented social advertising against domestic violence created with the financial support from UNDP and EU.  In late July within the framework of the National Campaign to Combat Violence against Women and Family Violence “Stop Violence!” big-boards and city-lights with social ads against domestic violence were launched in Kyiv, Simpheropol, Yalta, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, Odesa and Kharkiv. The said ads call upon women not to keep silence, if they suffer from violence, but resort to the “hot line” phone number 8 800 500 33 50 for assistance.

In Ukraine the police have filed over 60,000 perpetrators who committed acts of domestic violence over the 10 months this year alone. This number has grown by 6,000 persons, compared to the same period in the previous year. On the occasion of the International Day of elimination of violence against women, the Ministry of Ukraine for Family, Youth and Sports and its international partners – the Delegation of the European Commission to Ukraine and UN Development Programme in Ukraine – vowed to continue their joint activities aimed at establishing and sustaining gender equality in Ukrainian society. 

Kyiv, 10 December: Ineffective legislation, police officers’ indifference and complicated legal procedures impede efficient system of domestic violence prevention and combating in Ukraine, a new UNDP-led study suggests. Researchers concluded that money would be better spent on increasing funding of social services and other public institutions dealing with domestic violence. The research was presented on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day observed globally today.


Kyiv, 15 January: Nearly half of Ukrainian population suffered from domestic violence in their lives, and 30% were subjected to violence in their childhood age. Women more often suffer from domestic violence in their adult life, while men – in their childhood, as a new public poll suggests. The survey looked at violence in Ukrainian families, with its scope and in-depth analysis being conducted for the first time over the past 10 years in Ukraine. The poll was carried out by GfK Ukraine and commissioned by "Equal Opportunities and Women’s Rights in Ukraine Programme", a joint project of the European Union and UN Development Programme in Ukraine.

Kyiv, 3 March: On the eve of the International Women’s Day, with this year's theme “Equal rights, equal opportunities: progress for all”, and with support from “National network of men-leaders against violence”, UNDP has supported signing of the "Declaration of Respect". The Declaration is in support of equal rights and opportunities of women and men, as well as children rights protection in Ukraine.

Kharkiv, 11-12 August. Persons who committed domestic violence in Ukraine are often punished with a fine, often paid by the victim herself from a common household budget. This mostly happens in Ternopils’ka oblast’ - this year, 98.5 % of offenders were punished with a fine (within the framework of the Administrative Code) and  only up to 1,5% have been put under administrative arrest for 5 days. This information was presented by UNDP experts during a seminar, devoted to the joint work of state and local bodies of power  in the sphere of domestic violence prevention. The workshop brought together the experts from the departments of Family and Youth Services for Children, the criminal police for children, centres for social services for families, children and youth, district inspectors of police from Kharkiv, Poltava, Sumy and Chernihiv regions.

The Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports of Ukraine, with the support of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine and the UN Office in Ukraine announce the start of the annual All-Ukrainian Campaign «16 Days Against Gender Violence».

According to the tradition, the Campaign will start on November 25, on the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and will continue 10 days until December 10, the Human Rights Day.


The Government of Ukraine, the European Union and the United Nations unite to call for an end to domestic violence, launch campaign against surrounding silence

Kyiv, 24 November – On the occasion of the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Minister of Family, Youth and Sports Ravil Safiullin, Head of Political and Press and Information Section of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Zolt?n Szalai, and UN Resident Coordinator Oliver Adam launched the “Sixteen Days Against Violence” campaign by calling for an end to the wall of silence that surrounds the topic.



Call for proposals

EU-UNDP Equal Opportunities and Women’s Rights in Ukraine Programme announces call for proposals “Supporting regional initiatives of the Civil Society Organizations and State Social Services Centres in the area of Domestic Violence Prevention and Response”.