More than half of women in Ukraine experience violence
More than 60% of women in Ukraine experienced psychological, physical or sexual violence, according to the results of the 2018 OSCE-led Survey on the Well-being and Safety of Women in Ukraine.
“According to the survey, two thirds (67%) of women in Ukraine have experienced psychological, physical or sexual violence since the age of 15. It showed that violence by a partner is a major factor, with nearly three in ten women (28%) saying that they have experienced physical and/or sexual violence at their partner’s hands,” reads the statement.
Another key finding was that women whose partners have fought in the conflict in eastern Ukraine are more likely to experience violence by their partner.
The authors of the survey conclude that violence against women is closely related to lack of gender equality, which is itself based on harmful attitudes and stereotypes. “In Ukraine, 41% of women think that if a man mistreats his wife, others outside the family should not intervene. Furthermore, women are often not well informed about what to do if they experience violence. Only 17% considered themselves well informed on this issue, while almost half (48%) felt badly informed or didn’t know what to do at all (17%),” they said.
On November 25, the OSCE launched an awareness-raising campaign entitled “End the Silence” that is taking place during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
More than 15,000 women were interviewed in seven OSCE participating States: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Moldova and Ukraine. The research was also conducted in Kosovo. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness about gender-based violence, in particular the issue of violence against women and girls.
In Ukraine, 2,048 women were interviewed for the survey.
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