16 days of activism against gender-based violence

28.11 2023

The High School has joined the global initiative “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence”, which runs from 25 November to 10 December.

The campaign aims to draw public attention to the problem of gender-based violence, promote its prevention and inform about opportunities to help victims.

On 28-29 November, the National Training Centre on Combating Gender-Based Violence of the High School organised a training event for representatives of local authorities and communities in Kyiv and Kherson regions.

Trainers will work with the participants for two days:

Iryna KOSTYUCHENKO, Head of the Department of Coaching skills development at the High School of Public Governance, PhD in Psychology.
Oleksandra TRACH, Head of the Department for Women and Children Victims of Domestic Violence at the Lviv Oblast Centre for Social Services in Lviv.
Svitlana YEVCHENKO, Chief Specialist of the Department for Family, Youth and Sports of Zhytomyr City Council.
Tetiana KOLOMIETS, PhD in Philosophy, Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology at the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.
Tetyana ZOTOVA, Director of the Kyiv City Centre for Gender Equality, Prevention and Counteraction to Violence, will also share her community’s experience in building a system for preventing and combating violence.

The participants will learn algorithms for addressing issues related to gender-based violence, providing support to survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, specifics of communication with victims, and will also consider stereotypes, myths and relevant legislation.

It is worth noting that the High School held a number of other events during this period, including professional development for public servants and representatives of local authorities involved in combating and preventing gender-based violence. As part of cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund in Ukraine (UNFPA), trainings on “Preventing and Combating Gender-Based Violence, including Domestic Violence” were held for specialists from Ternopil, Zakarpattia and Kyiv regions. The purpose of the training was to raise awareness of public servants on preventing, detecting, combating and responding to domestic violence.

For reference.
In 2023, 3.6 million people in Ukraine will need access to services to prevent and respond to gender-based violence. 90% of them are women and girls. The problem, which is relevant for Ukrainian society, becomes even more complicated in times of full-scale war, when millions face the challenges of forced displacement and living in the frontline and temporarily occupied territories.