The first support centre for survivors of gender-based violence from Gagauzia region will be opened in 2019.
For the first time, women from Gagauzia region who suffer from violence could benefit from shelter and assistance in a centre that will be functional by the end of 2019. The staff of the centre will provide psychological counselling, as well as social and legal support. Women will also be advised how to find a job or start a business. The initiative is part of a project implemented by the United Nations Development Programme, with funding from the Republic of Korea.
The future centre will be located in a two-storeyed building, undergoing renovation now. The works began in July this year. The institution will have a space of 500 square metres and could host up to 20 persons, women and children, at the same time. Each family will have a dedicated room, equipped with everything necessary for their stay at the centre. The beneficiaries will be able to spend up to six months at the centre. During this time, specialists will help them find solutions to their problems. The building of the future centre will have a universal design, being accessible for people with disabilities.
There will be an elevator for access between the floors, as well as adapted bathrooms and access ramps. The centre will also have an equipped room for children's activities and another one for meetings and workshops. There will be available games and equipment for various kinds of sports. On the first floor, a community centre shall be hosted, for women from vulnerable groups and young people from the community needing counselling or support.
On 15 August, during a monitoring visit to the future centre for assistance to survivors of domestic violence, Andrea Cuzyova, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, mentioned: “Our intervention is aimed to support authorities in Gaugazia to address the lack of dedicated services in Gagauzia region that the survivors of gender-based violence can access, and receive professional counselling and other types of assistance. The absence of adequate prevention and response services has a severe impact on the survivors and their families, and also imposes additional costs on social protection, health and legal systems.”
Olesea Tanasoglo, the deputy chairperson of the Executive Committee of Gagauzia region, said: “Statistics show that in our country every fourth woman is subjected to a form of domestic violence. Starting from these realities, prevention and early intervention in solving this problem is one of the priorities of the Executive Committee of Gagauzia”.
The building for the centre was offered by the Gagauzia region authorities. UNDP has conducted a technical expertise of the premises and manages the process of renovation. For that, UNDP allocated 90,000 USD, from the funds offered by the Republic of Korea. The contribution of the Executive authority of Gagauzia region is of 85,842 USD.
Moreover, to top up the budget of the institution, a fund-raising campaign was organized. Until now, tens of men and women from the country and abroad contributed to the cause.
In February this year, as part of this campaign, a charity theatre performance was conducted, based on true stories of survivors of domestic violence. The sales from the tickets were directed for the future centre. In April this year, several women journalists, bloggers and singers organized a charity fair and donated the money to the future centre in Gagauzia region.
The centre for survivors of domestic violence will be opened in the framework the project “Addressing violence against women in the Republic of Moldova: exploring and learning from local solutions ”, implemented by UNDP.