Two female experts from the NGO La Strada Ukraine, who provide counselling at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, have developed an interactive quest to teach young Ukrainians to recognise and avoid dangerous situations.
Valeria Bondar and Tetiana Kharkivska used their experience at the hotline to develop an online quest about real-life situations related to domestic and gender-based violence.
The creative format of the interactive quest ‘Live Without Illusions’ helps to ensure this sensitive topic is presented to young women and men in an attractive, digital manner. The quest offers four case studies focused on four forms of violence – psychological, economic, sexual and physical.
According to UNDP, in the current context of widespread warfare, issues related to gender-based violence (GBV) have become even more urgent: the number of domestic violence cases caused by aggressive behaviour and stress has increased. In the first half of 2022 alone, the number of calls to the National Hotline, where the quest creators work, reached more than 17,000, up from 10,000 calls in the previous year.
Last year, the experts participated in the Hack for Locals 3.0 hackathon: Together Against Violence, which was dedicated to the global initiative 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, and received a grant of $15,000 from the European Union and UNDP to develop their project. The hackathon was organised by the UNDP-led Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, with financial support from the European Union and the governments of Denmark and the Netherlands.
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