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Women demanded from the State Duma to protect women from domestic violence

Press Release

Novemner 25, 2012

An action against violence against women was held in Moscow on November 25. The participants demanded from the State Duma to urgently adopt a law protecting women from domestic violence.

YABLOKOs Gender faction had been conducting such actions for the third year already on the first day of the UN campaign "16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women".

Opening the event, Galina Mikhalyova, head of YABLOKOs Gender faction, quoted terrible statistical data: every year 14,000 women are killed by domestic abusers, 2,000 children commit suicide and over 50,000 children run from home. "Despite of this, stereotypes "if he beats me this means he loves me" have been still very strong in Russia families, Mikhalyova said. According to her, there has been no state support to the victims of violence. Mikhalyova also noted that according to the European standards there should be one crisis center per 100,000 residents, but in Russia only one or two crisis centres function in large cities only.

Galina Mikhalyova

The draft law on protection against domestic violence had been already submitted to the State Duma, and, as expected, it would be examined at the session in 2013, said the leader of the Gender faction. However, Mikhalyova expressed her concern that the draft law may be shelved as the draft law on the state guarantees for gender equality, which had been in the Duma since 1995, or the project of creation of an alimony fund. "Our Duma has been working like a crazy printer when they have to pass laws restricting the rights and freedoms. But when it comes to protection of people, the laws are shelved there for years, " she noted.

Natalia Dmitriyeva

Natalia Dmitriyeva, Co-Chair of the Council for Consolidation of Women's Movement in Russia, proposed amendments to the Criminal Code so that to make violence against family members an aggravating circumstance in the criminal cases.

Larissa Skuratovskaya

Larissa Skuratovskaya, a representative of one of women's organizations, spoke about the historical origins of the decade to combat violence against women. On November 25, 1960, three Mirabal sisters were killed in the Dominican Republic. They became a symbol of the human rights movement in Latin America, and their brutal murder triggered an international protest against all forms of gender violence.

Grigory Semyonov's speech

Grigory Semyonov, deputy of Municipal Assembly of Cheryomushky district, said that the society in Russia is arranged so that a woman had to be in the humiliating position. "There is even a group of female occupations, but why there is such a division? Wages are very low in the so-called female occupations, and women can not live on such salaries without the support of men," Semenov noted. Equality can be either for everyone or there is no equality, he said.

Vladimir Sirotin

Vladimir Sirotin, an activist from the left forces, quoted Martin Luther King Jr.: " Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere".


See also:

Women's Rights




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