01 December 2012

Information campaign “Home without violence" started in Belarus. The campaign aims at prevention of domestic violence and combatting its manifestations.

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Ministry of Labour and Social welfare, other government agencies, UN agencies and non-governmental associations participate in the project. The first stage is called "Kitchen without violence", and it aims at increasing the number of calls to the toll-free hotline for victims of domestic violence (8-801-100-8-801). Julia Vysotskaya, well known celebrity, actress and TV-anchorwoman, became the face of the campaign.

According to UN estimations, there are about 70% of women find themselves in some type of violence during their lifetime, one out of five women is a victim of rape or harassment. In Belarus, four out of five women face psychological abuse, one out of four women suffer from physical violence. According to the nationwide survey conducted by UNICEF, in the situation of non-violence is brought up just over half of the children, the rest, suffer from violence and abuse from parents in varying degrees in Belarus.
"The majority of cases of ill-treatment remains unknown. The victims do not seek help for several reasons: embarrassed situation, they do not believe that they can get help, or just do not know where to address. As it shown, the services for victims of domestic violence are necessary and in demand ", - says representative of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities.

Logo "Kitchen without violence" will be placed on all printed materials with information on line for victims of domestic violence and the sort description of the problem of domestic violence, as well as it will be placed on souvenirs to be distributed for free in the sales outlets.

Activities of "Kitchen without violence" campaign starts during the international initiative "16 days of activism against gender violence", which takes place every year for the period from November 25 to December 10, but not limited to the days. During these days, men and boys tie a white ribbon on hand, which means that they would never commit violence, not justify or conceal the facts of violence against other people. Football club “BATE supported the initiative in Belarus this year, and they played crucial match with white ribbons on the form. White ribbons also wear stewards "Belavia".