The School of Equal Opportunities is a very important aspect of the educational work on counteraction the gender-based violence, says cooperation with the "Men against Violence" community centers, which were formed in a number of regions with the support of the UNDP Equal Opportunities Program. By their example, in 2002, we launched the youth movement "Young people are against the violence".
Using the experience of men, in particular their mentor Yuri Onyshka, the boys of the School of Equal Opportunities became active participants and propagandists of the movement for the formation of non-violent relationships in society. The initiative group, headed by school volunteer Alexander Jakubovsky, for several years, considered its main task how deploying the "Young Men Against Violence" network in order to spread the idea of new gender relations in society and family and the new gender roles of young men and men in order to form society without violence.
"Young people are against the violence" in their daily work (during training, mass actions, participation in the performances of the Gender interactive theatre and forum-theatre) condemn any forms and manifestations of aggression both in the family and in society, take an active part in the formation of new public opinion and new non-violent standards of life.
In cooperation with men's centers, young men worked out approaches and techniques, exchanged experiences during seminars and international conferences. Our own gender interactive theatre and the forum-theatre were created in our center with our support, . The Vinnytsia organization cared for SWR boys in their region.
The new content came in 2007-2008, when the School of Equal Opportunities, together with the Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports with the support of the UN Trust Fund, carried out the project "Violence against Women: Effectiveness and Systemic Resistance".
We consider the participation of men and boys in the national and regional mechanisms for combating domestic violence as an important component of the fight against the violence. The same "Youth are against the violence" movement in May, 2008, quite naturally became a part of the National Campaign "Stop Violence!".
Today, the movement is headed by Schrumber trainer Sergiy Sidorov, a teacher at the Ivano-Frankivsk University. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the development of the idea of some regional centers on March 4, 2009, in the framework of the National Stop Violence Campaign, a National Network of Leaders Against the Violence was created in Ukraine to unite the attention of society and overcome this disgraceful phenomenon.
It includes well-known Ukrainian politicians, athletes, artists, and public figures who take an active part in the public life of the country.
At the press conference on the occasion of the opening of the network were the silver prizewinner of the Olympic swimming games Denis Silantyev, the multiple world champion in swimming Europe Oleg Lisogor, Deputy Minister of Ukraine for Family, Youth and Sports Rostislav Karandev, Vice-Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Mykola Tomenko , People's Artist of Ukraine Ostap Stupka, journalist Danylo Yanevsky, representatives of international and non-governmental organizations working in Ukraine.
Ukrainian National Minister of Family, Youth and Sports Yuriy Pavlenko, President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine Serhiy Bubka, People's Deputy of Ukraine Oleg Zarubinsky, football player of Dynamo Kyiv Andriy Husin, founder of the publishing house "A- Bas-ga-la-ma-ha "Ivan Malkovich, People's Artist of Ukraine Bogdan Benyuk and many others.
In 2009, the United Nations Worldwide celebrated the International Women's Day under the motto "Women and Men: Let's Unite Against the Violence Against Women".
Men are worried about the alarming tendencies of the general decline of the family institution in the country, the deformation of family relations and the negative changes in the status of women in the family, the pernicious impact of mass culture on the formation of new stereotypes of family behavior. Network participants agreed that the return to the traditionally high status of a woman in the Ukrainian family ss urgent.
Violence in the context of the economic crisis, when a healthy family must become a factor that minimizes the impact of the crisis,is in psrticular concern.
Participants in the National Network of Male Leaders Against Violence have called for the development of new legislation about prevention of domestic violence, offered to hold a powerful national media campaign against the violence, to organize an effective "hot" line at the government level for counteracting violence, to develop real mechanisms of work with offenders and to provide Help victims, launch programs for journalists and government officials of various levels, actively borrow positive experiences from other countries.
Organizers of the event: Ministry of Ukraine of Family, Youth and Sport, Subcommittee of International Legal Issues and Gender Policy of the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of Human Rights, National Minorities and International Relations, Equal Opportunities and Women's Rights Program in Ukraine.
Source: Press Service of the Ministry of Ukraine for Family, Youth and Sport List of NGOs "Men are against the violence"
Vinnytsia City NGO "Men are against the violence"
A Chairman Volodymyr Kozlov
Tel / Fax: (0432) 35-85-60, (067) 909-10-65
Kyiv Center "Men are against the violence"
A Head Yuri Onyshko
Tel / Fax: (044) 468-50-68 / 36, (067) 706-44-61
Luhansk Center "Men are against the violence"
A Head Valery Arkhipov
Tel / Fax: (0642) 34-76-26, (050) 528-48-62
Uzhhorod Center "Men are against the violence"
A Chairman Volodymyr Bashkirev
Tel / Fax: (03122) 321-09, 8 (050) 641-18-39
Kherson Regional Civic Center "Men are against the violence"
A Chairman Dmitry Fedorinov
Tel. (0552) 55-20-64, 55-40-30