“My family = family without violence”: The Family Day Celebrated through Graffiti Party in Moldova
The International Family Day, celebrated each year on 15 May, was marked in Chisinau through a big event organized by the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family and UN Agencies in Moldova. In 2013 the messages of the Family Day focused on prevention of family violence.
The events dedicated to the Family Day in Moldova addressed the issue of violence against women, children and the elderly in response to media campaigns and public discussions around few recent tragic cases of domestic violence. The Family Day activities promoted a non-violent family environment, zero tolerance towards any form of violence, promotion of positive discipline methods as well as non-violent relationships between spouses / partners.
The Family Day was inaugurated through an outdoor press conference, held by the Minister of Labour, Social Protection and Family, Valentina Buliga, and the UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova, Nicola Harrington-Buhay. Later, dozens of children, parents, representatives of international organizations and NGOs have organized a Graffiti Party – they drew the slogan of the Family Day “My family = family without violence” on a public wall in Chisinau.
"What can we do to have more happy families and fewer children at risk? The national education, health and social protection systems come to support and assist parents and their children, but the greatest responsibility still lies with parents and family," said Valentina Buliga, Minister of Labour, Social Protection and Family.
"The UN supports the government - especially the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family – to develop social services in communities and to ensure that more and more professionals know how to act in vulnerable situations. With conscientious effort of each of us to report violence, Moldova will be able to have a healthy society in which every family will feel safe, "said Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova.
The Family Day launching event was preceded by a series of activities including the broadcasting of short films about violence produced by children, thematic debates in the media and social networks, field visits for journalists to promote good practices.
Additionally information sessions for professionals and the general population about the need to report cases of violence were organized. The general public was also informed about the fact that violence against women constitutes a violation of human rights and an act of discrimination based on gender.
According to official statistics provided by UN agencies domestic violence is widespread in Moldova. More than half of children aged 6-7 years say they are punished by physical force, and about one in ten babies less than one year are beaten by parents. As for women, 63% of Moldovan women admitted that they went through violence (psychological, physical or sexual). 90% of trafficked women have been subjected to previous violence.