Moldova's President calls for action to end violence against women
On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Moldovan President Maia Sandu called on citizens to unite to combat violence, abuse, disrespect, and stereotypes against women.
"There is no excuse for violence against women," Sandu said in a statement. "There is no excuse for violence, in general."
The president noted that violence against women is a global problem that affects women in Moldova as well. "Every year, about 40 women in Moldova lose their lives due to violence, and many other women suffer from all sorts of abuse," she said.
Sandu also pointed out that Moldova ratified the Istanbul Convention two years ago to protect the lives and dignity of girls and women. In addition, support centres have been established, and a new institution will soon be operational to coordinate and monitor the activities of public institutions combating violence.
"However, to combat violence against women, it is necessary to involve the whole society," Sandu said. "I urge you to talk to children and young people to instil in them the values of respect and human dignity. I urge you to join us in combating violence, abuse, disrespect, and stereotypes. Only together can we build a better society for all of us."
Sandu's statement was echoed by other officials and organisations in Moldova. The Ministry of Internal Affairs, for example, announced that it would be launching a new campaign to raise awareness of violence against women.
The UN Women organisation also issued a statement calling for an end to violence against women. "Violence against women is a violation of human rights," the statement said. "It is a crime that must be stopped."
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign runs from November 25 to December 10. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the issue of violence against women and to encourage people to take action to end it.
Translation by Iurie Tataru