Ukrainian NGO Efforts to Prevent and Combat Gender-Based Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Document: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has exacerbated the problem of gender-based violence in Ukraine, as it has in every other country of the world. This problem has been widely recognized at the national level by state authorities in Ukraine, who reported a twofold increase in the number of criminal cases of domestic violence in 2020, compared with 2019. This tendency was confirmed by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the country, who underlined not only an increase in cases of gender-based violence (GBV), including domestic violence, in Ukraine during the COVID-19 pandemic but also deficiencies in the reaction by the state, especially during strict lockdowns. [...] The civil society organization (CSO) La Strada-Ukraine has been working in the field of preventing and combatting gender-based violence and gender discrimination in Ukraine for more than 20 years. It runs the National Hotline for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, and Gender Discrimination, which operates 24/7 and provides free psychological, legal, and informational consultations to survivors of domestic violence and other forms of GBV. In the months following the introduction of a nationwide lockdown in Ukraine on March 12, 2020, there was an increase of up to 150 percent in calls to the hotline."

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Gender-Based Violence Dispatch No. 2
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