Break the circle! Mariupol joins the action "16 days of countering violence" (PHOTO)

25 November 2021, 16:25

Mariupol has joined the international action "16 days of counteraction to violence". It started today at the Theater Square. The slogan for this year is Break the Circle. After all, the most important thing in countering domestic violence is to find a way out and help.

Ksenia Sukhova said that in Mariupol there is an integrated approach to support people who have suffered from domestic violence.

“Our city has a day center, a living center and mobile teams. Victims can receive full-fledged social, legal and psychological assistance. We will continue to work to instill in society a zero tolerance for this shameful phenomenon, ”she said.

Orange umbrellas became the symbol of the action. Students of Donetsk State University of Internal Affairs marched with them. The color orange was chosen by the international community as a symbol of hope for a better future where women are not subjected to violence.

Olha Tsuprikova, representative of the United Nations Population Fund, emphasized that the organization has been cooperating with the city since 2017. During this time, a number of effective support centers have been created. This year Mariupol became one of 30 Ukrainian cities participating in the project "Cities and Communities Free from Domestic Violence".

“Every fifth woman in Ukraine has experienced physical violence. Every fourth Ukrainian says that violence can be justified. We must convey that there is no excuse for violence. Together with the city we are working in this direction, ”she said.

The head of the EU Advisory Mission in Mariupol, Martin Kulishek, noted the importance of holding an action during a pandemic. Indeed, according to him, according to statistics, the number of cases of domestic violence during the quarantine period has increased.

After the event, everyone could write their words against violence on a special banner.