A future without violence for the new generations 25 years since the Beijing Platform
On November 27, with the occasion of the International Day for Combating Violence against Women, and within the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, the Romanian Institute for Human Rights in partnership with the Women's Association of Romania - Together (AFRI) organized consultations with civil society and national institutions. The topic of the debates was "The paradox between the evolution of legislation in the field and the amplification of the phenomenon of violence against women".
Were presented examples of good practices and were identified the difficulties faced by those involved in the implementation of the law and in the fight against domestic violence. The participants made a series of recommendations, which will be summarized in the forthcoming IRDO publication, Women's Rights - a life without violence is the right of every woman, meant to be a guide of good practices as a useful work tool for practitioners, but also a source of information for the victims of violence.
As highlighted by the Amman Declaration and the Beijing Platform of Action, about the roles of national institutions in the promotion and protection of human rights, the Institute encourages public and political participation of women, respect for their economic and social rights as levers in combating domestic violence and marginalization of women, especially of those belonging to vulnerable categories (minorities, migrant women, victims of trafficking in human beings).
During the event, was also presented an analysis carried out by the Institute, on the evolutions in the national legislation in the field of combating violence against women, encompassing the period immediately following the recommendations addressed to Romania by the UN Committee established under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Psychologists, representatives of the Romanian Police and of other national institutions, nongovernmental organizations and practitioners in the field of combating violence have analyzed together the most pressing issues that they are facing in their activity, including: lack of funds, lack of personnel, access to information, bureaucracy, cumbersome procedures, lack of adequate support centers for women victims of violence and abuse.
It was concluded that education, information, access to justice and health services are the main ways by which the perpetuation of violence can be combated and stopped.