Moldova’s innovative experience in combating gender-based violence – included as a case study at Oxford University

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UN Women’s experience in eliminating violence against women in Moldova was included as a case study at the renowned University of Oxford, United Kingdom. 37 participants from the Consulting and Coaching for Change (CCC) Executive Masters program learned about the situation in Moldova, engaged in a role play to better understand the subject, and came up with their own ideas on how to tackle domestic violence in Moldova.

UN Women Country Representative for Moldova, Ulziisuren Jamsran spoke to participants about the innovative methods used by UN Women to eliminate violence against women and girls and their results. By introducing and applying positive deviance method, UN Women Moldova managed to considerably increase the number of women who know their rights and request access to support services from their localities.

“The participants and faculty members have shown great interest in the field of eliminating violence against women. Oxford’s CCC program offers an ideal opportunity for change leaders to get a better understanding of the problem and to bring their contribution to solving it,” mentioned Ulziisuren Jamsran.

The session was attended by 37 participants, including 25 women, with an extensive experience in various fields, in private and public sectors, civil society and international organizations.

“I learned that in any organization or situation there are people who already have the solutions. These solutions can be identified and used to benefit the entire organization or society,” said Sneziwe Damaseb, one of the participants from South Africa, who works in the private sector.

“Everyone was very impressed with the way this case study was prepared. Participants of this executive level program had both a practical and emotional experience. Many of them also felt a personal connection to the issue of eliminating violence,” added Lars Thuesen, faculty member at University of Oxford, who participated in developing the case study together with UN Women Moldova’s team.

UN Women Moldova is the regional leader in promoting and applying innovative methods to combat gender-based violence. Since 2016, UN Women has been promoting solutions that come from the survivors of domestic violence by encouraging them to share their experiences with other women suffering abuse. Thus, in just one year, the positive deviance method introduced by UN Women helped to empower 44 “positive champions” (women who overcame violence and now help other women), who visited more than 20 localities in the country and spoke to more than 1,000 women about making the first step towards a life free of violence.

The Consulting and Coaching for Change Executive Masters program is carried out by HEC Paris and Said Business School of Oxford University. The students of this program come from all continents and are professionals with an average experience of 20 years in various fields. The program is addressed to managers and consultants in development and social change.

UN Women Moldova will continue working with University of Oxford and other universities to share experiences and discuss solutions to the most complex problems.