“Umbrella from Violence” installation launches EU project on combating violence in Ukraine

On June 2, with the opening of the symbolic installation, “Umbrella from Violence,” at the Taras Shevchenko Park, the project “Against Violence: Improving Access to Social Services in Ukraine” was launched.

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A tree near the Taras Shevchenko monument in the park was decorated with dozens of lighted umbrellas, which, over the course of the following week, were illuminated for 1386 seconds. This is the number of Ukrainian women who suffer from domestic violence every day, according to surveys and expert estimates.

Background

The EU-funded project “Against Volence: Improving Access to Social Services in Ukraine,” which is being implemented from 2014 to 2016, is aimed at establishing intersectoral collaboration between the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the Ministry of Health. The project’s total budget amounts to €340,000, including €221,000 allocated by the European Union. This initiative is intended to create policies for cooperation between social services, healthcare and police in identifying cases of violence, providing services, and allowing for intersectoral referrals to survivors. The system will be launched in Kyiv, and then expanded to 10 Ukrainian regions.