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The European Union and the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine joint statement on gender-based violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) or violence against women and girls (VAWG) a hidden global crisis which knows no boundaries of geography or culture and affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime. On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – the European Union and the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine are joining forces for 16 days of activism to raise awareness and call for action.

Domestic violence remains a serious problem in Ukraine. There is no government of public service, which collects and analyzes information about domestic violence. Ministry of social policy and Ministry of interior use different sources for their statistical information and do not classify types of violence: physical, economic and psychological.

The victims of domestic violence face double discrimination and double violation of their rights as, having suffered from violence, they then encounter total indifference on the part of state authorities and law enforcement bodies as they file complaints and petitions trying to protect their rights.

According to EUAM, the situation has positively changed after Ukraine adopted the “law on preventing and combating domestic violence” in 2017: “We welcome the start of its implementation and encourage further actions to be taken. Above all, we urge the Ukrainian authorities to push ahead with ratification of the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence’ (or so-called Istanbul Convention) without further delay.”

 The EU Delegation to Ukraine, the EU Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform (EUAM) in Ukraine and the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine will continue to work through all instruments at their disposal to help eliminate violence against women and girls.