30 November 2023

Combatting gender-based violence across Europe and Central Asia

Gender based violence  can involve physical, psychological, sexual, and economic harm inflicted particularly on women and girls. The consequences of this violence are both visible and hidden and can result in long-lasting physical and emotional impacts. Gender-based violence is a pervasive public health issue, and is both a consequence of and…, Moldova, In Ungheni, Moldova, three girls have become champions of non-violence at school while advocating for girls' rights. Earlier this year, UNICEF supported Ionela and Bianca to conduct information sessions on violence against children and combating gender stereotypes for teenagers from their secondary school. Ionela is the head of the Bullying and…, Türkiye, In 2023, the European Union supported UNICEF with EUR 4 million to expand services helping to protect children and adolescents in Türkiye. This funding enabled UNICEF to expand programmes dedicated to  prevention, risk mitigation and response of  GBV reaching  65,000 children and adolescents. Türkiye remains home to the largest refugee population…, Bosnia and Herzegovina, In Bosnia and Herzegovina, girls are boldly raising their voices against inequality. Around the world, girl-led movements are advocating for their fundamental rights including ending  child marriage and female genital mutilation, demanding action on climate change, and trail-blazing in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM…
30 November 2022

Supporting girls and women who survived violence

Violence against girls and women is one of the most persistent human rights violations. All women and girls – no matter where they are from – have the right to live free from violence, feel safe, belong, be heard and receive support. Violence is not only physical and its signs are not always immediately visible. If you are harassed or abused by a…, How to support someone who has survived violence?, Listen to and believe them. Remind them it is not their fault and they’re not alone. Don't push them for details of the violence. Encourage them to get to safety, get medical care and other support. Respect their decisions and choices about what they want to do., What to do if you’ve faced violence?, Please remember help is available. You are not alone and it is not your fault. Please prioritise your safety. Try to go somewhere safe and call emergency services at 112 across Europe. Seek medical attention. If you have suffered physical or sexual violence, get medical care as soon as possible. No matter how much time has passed, it is always…, Anti-violence helplines in Europe, Albania - 0800 40 20 Andorra - 874 800 /181 Armenia - 0800 80 850 Austria - 0800 222 555 / 116 006 Azerbaijan - 493 7039 (Law Dept) / 498 0092 Belgium - 0 800 30030 (Francophone) / 1712 (Flemish) / 0253 43636 / 106 (Flemish) / 107 (French) / 108 (German) Bosnia and Herzegovina - 1264 / 1265 Bulgaria - 02 981 76 86 Croatia - 0800 655 222 / 0800…, 7 actions for gender equality, Violence against girls and women is rooted in gender inequality. We can all work towards a more equitable world. Here is what we can do in your daily life: Reflect and question our prejudices  Take a stand against sexist and discriminatory behaviours Encourage every child to pursue their dreams beyond gender stereotypes  Share the domestic…