Gender aspects on violence: perspectives from the Eastern Partnership region and Russia


This webinar wishes to draw attention to the gender-based violence in the Eastern Partnership region and Russia, both domestically and in the context of frozen and ongoing armed conflicts in the region. It aims to discuss what governments and civil society initiatives are, or are not, doing to prevent gender-based violence and ensure support mechanisms for victims.

The discussion will shed light on the different situations and vulnerability among elderly women, civilian and military women, youth, and other groups of the civil society and reflect on what methodologies that exist and are used to prevent domestic violence and sexual crimes. The discussion also aims to highlight the importance of looking at gendered security risks when addressing conflicts and security in different frozen and on-going conflicts of the region and how masculinity norms and cultural traditions need to be addressed to combat these kinds of crimes in a long-term perspective.

The webinar is organised within the frames of the Swedish Civil Society Network for Eastern Partnership and Russia, coordinated by ForumCiv and is created on a partnership between PRO Global, Nordic Ukraine Forum and MÄN.

Bio of panellists:

Dr Kateryna Busol is a Ukrainian lawyer specialising in international humanitarian, criminal law, transitional justice and gender. She is a national consultant of the UN Women and Global Survivors Fund on transitional justice and conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine. Kateryna will participate in the event in her private capacity and share perspectives on consequences and risks of gender based violence in the conflict-affected regions of eastern Ukraine and occupied Crimea.

Anastasiia Chuvaeva is a project manager at Institute of Non-discriminative Gender Interrelations (INGI) - Crisis Centre for Women in St Petersburg, Russia, with long-standing experiences from work against men's violence against women (MVAW), including various forms of sexualized violence and exploitation. She will share INGO’s experience from non-standard collaborations with different actors, including art-community, opinion leaders, male-perpetrators and medical institutions, to support services for survivors of partner and sexualized violence.

Tatiana Sorocan has about 15 years of experience in progressive senior leadership in social development. She is working at HelpAge in Moldova, providing support to elderly women and men who suffered from discrimination or violence. She will share reflections on the importance and means to involve and focus on the vulnerability of elderly women in the fight against domestic violence.

Moderator: Sofia Strive is the Programme Coordinator of the Swedish Civil Society Network for Eastern Partnership and Russia at ForumCiv and Co-chair of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.