End Violence: Monitoring and Accountability

The three-year campaign “Women Against Violence” entered the third year of its implementation. This year the campaign will focus on monitoring of implementation of police commitment to combat violence.

In Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia police violence against women who use drugs is widespread. Despite the severity of the problem, this violence remains a hidden issue. Women feel powerless and unprotected, and police continue exercising illegitimate violence against them.

The first year of the campaign broke the silence

On March 8, 2014, with the overall goal to stop police violence against women who use drugs, EHRN with partners from 16 cities of EECA launched the three-year regional advocacy campaign "Women Against Violence“.

The first year of the campaign was run under the slogan “Break the silence”. The objective of the first year was to raise awareness of law enforcement and other decision makers about police violence against women who use drugs by mobilizing women and building their capacity to document and communicate police violence.

In total 850 cases of police violence against women who use drugs have been submitted through the specifically designed online platform during the first year by the campaign partners from Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia. To present the data collected and to discuss cooperation opportunities to stop police violence against women who use drugs, campaign partners organized national round table discussions with law enforcement representatives and other community stakeholders. In total, 103 people participated in the discussions.

The second year of the campaign: the year of Dialogue

On March 8, 2015 the campaign “Women Against Violence” started the second year of its implementation. This year the campaign was focused on establishing partnerships and building dialogue between women who use drugs, decision makers and other stakeholders in order to create effective solutions in combating police violence against women who use drugs.  During the second year of the campaign, campaign partners were developing network of friendly police officers, were collecting effective solutions and evidence in responding to police violence against women who use drugs, and discussed them with partners, law enforcement representatives and other stakeholders.

 The third year of the campaign: the year of Monitoring and Accountability

The main objective of the third year of the campaign “Women Against Violence” is to monitor implementation of police and other governmental stakeholders’ commitments to combat violence against women who use drugs.

Key activities of the third year will include the following initiatives:

  • Continuing to strengthen partnership between women who use drugs and law enforcement representatives
  • Development of joint action plans to combat police violence against women who use drugs
  • Implementation of police and other governmental stakeholders' commitments to combat violence against women who use drugs
  • Rewarding police officers and government stakeholders who take leadership in stopping violence and successfully implemented commitments