Yuliia Lykhach, Director of the High School of Public Governance, took part in the strategic session “Collecting data on preventing and combating domestic violence. Bringing it in line with the requirements of the Istanbul Convention”.
The event was aimed at creating a platform for communication and exchange of experience on combating gender-based violence in terms of implementing the provisions of the Istanbul Convention in the context of war and occupation. While working in groups, the experts discussed the importance of continuing to implement the standards of the Istanbul Convention in both peacetime and wartime.
The Director of the High School moderated the work of the group on training of specialists of actors involved in the prevention and combating of domestic violence. After all, awareness raising, education and training are important among the objectives of the strategy for preventing and combating violence.
It should be noted that the National Training Centre for Combating Gender-Based Violence was established at the High School. One of the main areas of the Centre’s work is to provide professional development and training for public servants, representatives of NGOs, state municipal institutions and organisations, educational institutions, and other specialists in the field of preventing and combating gender-based and domestic violence.
The institution also develops and implements a number of new programmes related to gender-sensitive governance and humanitarian crisis response, studying the needs of different groups of women and men and establishing communication, proper response to conflict-related sexual violence and providing assistance to victims.
The Istanbul Convention is an international agreement of the Council of Europe, a document that seeks to prevent domestic violence, protect its victims and punish its perpetrators. It strengthens state obligations and provides tools to protect the population from all forms of violence.
On 20 June 2022, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified the Convention, making a very important step for Ukraine on its way to European integration, gender equality and human rights protection.