Tatiana Osadci has been the director of the Caușeni Maternal Center for seven years, while the center was founded 11 years ago. Since then, over a thousand women and girls in various hardship situations and over 900 children have been assisted by the Center.
“We offer a home and support for three categories of people: survivors of domestic violence, often mothers with children, survivors and potential victims of trafficking in human beings and mother-child couples facing financial or psychological difficulties. The women in our center reach us after they have faced severe risk situations threatening their life or, in some cases, also the life of their children. There are women whose self-confidence and hope in the future have been shattered as result of their traumatic experiences; some are uncertain whether that they can keep their children as they lack shelter and basic means to provide for them. Relationships with relatives are often very poor, and ultimately, they end up either running away or are being expelled from those homes,” says Tatiana Osadci.
The center can accommodate a maximum of 19 adult women and 14 children from one to three months. During this time, they are assisted and guided to find a home, a job, but also get informed.
“Apart from various NGOs which come to support us in organizing activities, the Center specialists put together a schedule, and organize 2-3 times a week several workshops moderated by psychologists, psycho-pedagogues, lawyers, nurses, social workers. Many of these activities are focused on re-gaining or increasing women’s self-confidence, as well as providing basic information on human rights and freedoms,” says Tatiana Osadci.
“If democracy matters, then my participation is important too”
The project "Strengthening democracy in Moldova through inclusive and transparent elections", implemented by UNDP Moldova, aims to reach to as many women as Cristina Petrov as possible. Cristina will go to the next election because now she understands better why going out and vote is important for her child's future.
“This is a challenge for them. “What shall happen if I vote too?” Women and girls are asking themselves all the time. In fact, we will all vote, for the first time, under the new electoral system. But they are more nervous than others. We want women to remember and understand that if democracy matters, then their participation is important too, and what they do on Election Day is their own decision,” says Ludmila Afteni from the Association of Psychologists “Tighina”.