UN Moldova launches the Campaign 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls

This year, the United Nations in Moldova organizes multiple events as part of the international campaign “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence”, which takes place every year between 25 November – 10 December.

‘Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic. It is a moral affront for all women and girls, a mark of shame on all our societies and a major obstacle to inclusive, equitable, and sustainable development. At its core, violence against women and girls in all its forms is the manifestation of a profound lack of respect - a failure of men to recognize the inherent equality and dignity of women’, said the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

The 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls campaign will highlight survivors’ stories of breaking the circle of violence, and inspiring other women who find themselves in abusive relationships to seek support services. UN Moldova will also support numerous public activities, such as theatrical performances, discussions with boys and men, public lessons, media forums and flash-mobs.

Moreover, through a UN partnership with telecommunications company Orange, all subscribers will receive on their mobile phones the message ‘Domestic violence is a crime. Call free 0-8008-8008 to report an abuse or if you need counseling’. This SMS will encourage women and men to stop tolerating violence against women and girls and call the 24/7 hotline 0-8008-8008.

Since gender stereotypes, harmful norms, fear, and misconceptions are obstacles that keep women in abusive relationships, UN Moldova will run a social media campaign to inform about women’s rights and break the myths around violence against women.

Domestic violence and violence against women is one of the most severe violations of human rights. In the Republic of Moldova, domestic violence is recognised as a crime and is punishable according to the Criminal Code. Studies show that 6 out of 10 men have applied at least one form of physical, psychological or sexual violence against women and girls.

In the Republic of Moldova, the 16 Days campaign is organised for the 17th consecutive year by the Government, local authorities, international organisations, and the civil society. The colour of the campaign is orange, which symbolises a bright future for each girl and woman.

To support the voices that are not being heard, we urge women and men to take a stand, and to publish solidarity messages on social media with the hashtag #YouToo.

The campaign ‘16 days of activism against gender-based violence’ starts on the 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on the 10th of December, Human Rights Day.