We are stronger together!
Domestic violence and sexual slavery
are the most widespread infringements of the women’s rights in the modern
world. Unfortunately, our country is not an exception! According to statistics,
every ninth woman in
Nevertheless hotline telephone calls
from people who were subject to violence as well as the calls concerning unemployment
and human traffic told us a different story. By the way there is a problem
which needs to be solved by the whole world. Telephone hotlines are very
effective forms of communication among people. They help our
Those who call the hotlines get not only the consultations of a lawyer or a psychologist but they can find a shelter in the center which opened quite recently. Last year this center became a shelter for 23 victims of sexual slavery. For the first half of this year the number is 21 already: 16 from them are women, five are men who have suffered from labor infringements. Among these people there was a young woman who agreed to meet the journalists and to tell her story to be a model to other young girls who are flying like butterflies on fire seeing attractive ads of good job and high salaries abroad. Still, it is chance to acquire a person’s rights and it is a step to start self-protection not to let anybody make you a slave.
The time when it was necessary to prove that violence and a human traffic problem exist in our society has gone. NGOs have made a hole in the wall of silence and the information that has forced governmental and executive institutions to start a dialogue with us and to search the ways of social partnership flooded into this hole.
When we created on April 11, 1998 the centre we developed four directions in our work. In the sphere of education we focused on legal education of women and creation of Summer Female Camp of Leaders. In sphere of information the focus was on organizing mass actions and campaigns on all female topics. The research direction assumed the analysis of reproductive health situation and a social status of women. And the fourth direction was devoted to organizing law and psychology service as well as a «hot line» creation.
Today I can honestly say that these directions are the basis of our social partnership plans. Our centre is working with Committee on Family and Women Issues in Oblast Akhimiat, with Terrorism Prevention Department, Religious Extremism Department and Illegal Migration Department which struggles against women violence.
Together with police officers we went
to the customs post named after Konisbaev to assist
in organizing help to
Violence and human traffic issues were in agenda on joint meetings and seminars organized by trainers from republican NGOs and foreign partners with participation of representatives of governmental and administrative institutions.
The latest example is a seminar with the Swedish consulting company Sprangbradan, a bureau of the United Nations Gender and Development and with the National Committee on Family and Women Issues working at President of Republic of Kazakhstan. The deputy Oblast Akhim S.Burlachenko, representatives of legislative bodies, and mass-media were actively participating. This made the discussion about joint actions very constructive. The knowledge acquired at the seminar gives a good opportunity to conduct work on a more competent level as the leaders of a women's movement now have support and understanding of three branches of the power representatives.
Thus, thanks to social partnership and joint plans for work the problem of violence and a human traffic has come to the new level from just acknowledging the problem and informing the citizens of the problem to taking concrete decisions using complex approaches to it.
Integration of state institutions into NGO network, undoubtedly, puts the work on a qualitatively new level. I am absolutely sure that only mutual efforts can change the attitude to women which the General Secretary of the United Nations Kofi Annan called «the most shameful infringement of human rights».
The handbook on social partnership, Taldykorgan, 2004ă.