25 November – 10 December 2018 In 12 countries in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia will campaign "Violence is no excuse!". The events taking place in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Estonia and Latvia.
The campaign "Violence is no excuse!" Launched by the European Women's Network on AIDS (EWNA), with the participation of ECUO, Robert Carr Foundation and the UN Development Program Information Partner – MinusVirus platform.
"Violence is a major risk factor for HIV infection in women, including sex workers, women who use drugs, transgenders and other people, stress. – Global and regional assessments of violence against women and the accompanying health effects indicate that this is a significant public health problem. Violence against women is a violation of human rights. According to the World Health Organization, nearly one-third of all women have been physically and / or sexually abused by their partners, and nearly 40% of all female murders worldwide have been committed by their partners. Every hour, 50 young women worldwide are infected with HIV. The risk of contracting HIV is 50% higher among women who have experienced violence. A close relationship between exposure to physical and emotional violence on the part of the sexual partner and the presence of HIV infection in women. "
EWNA formulated the thesis relevance of the topics raised and topics:
• Violence reduces the effectiveness of the response to the HIV / AIDS pandemic, as it restricts access to necessary services.
• Violence against women is a violation of human rights.
• Women exposed to violence are at increased risk of contracting HIV.
• Women living with HIV and HIV infection are more likely to be abused.
The main goals of the campaign "Violence is not justified!" Is to mainstream the issues of gender violence in the EECA region, to improve understanding of the relationship between gender equality, HIV and violence, and recruit women affected by HIV to strengthen response to the epidemic. In addition, the goal of the campaign is to increase the motivation of women and girls who are threatened or who have experienced violence in search of help and support.
"In all 12 countries, surveys are conducted among women who have experienced violence to collect and analyze data on whether they were aware of where to seek help in a situation of violence. Is there sufficient information about this in the media or in other sources? Where and in what form is this information most convenient to obtain, – said the organizers of the campaign. – At the same time, requests were sent to government agencies for statistics on HIV-positive women and the link between HIV, violence and gender. The analysis obtained from the survey and statistical data will be presented separately for each country in the form of informa- tion, and on this basis information and information activities will be developed in the countries. "
The campaign "Violence is no excuse!" Provides active media communication. Meetings will be held in the participating countries. There will be round tables: Women who cope with HIV / AIDS will hold meetings to discuss the checkpoints that girls and women encounter when they seek help.
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