Moldova adopted a series of documents to address the issue of gender-based violence, that call for investments in social, psychological, legal, educational and economic services for women and girls. However, despite political will, little capacities are in place at national and, especially, at local level, to address gender-based violence against women (VAW). The aim of the proposed pilot initiative is, on one side, to help localize the national Strategy on prevention and combating violence against women and domestic violence for 2018-2023, by designing, implementing and evaluating a Local Action Plan to address violence against women, in a selected multi-ethnic community (Chirsova village). On the other, by using the lessons learned and the results of the pilot, to equip decision-makers with enhanced policy recommendations, as well as partners, at local, national and international levels, with new knowledge, skills and tools to reduce GBV (gender-based violence).
- Provide support in designing a municipal level VAW action plan for prevention and response aligned with the national policies in Moldova in a participatory manner;
- Provide support in developing sectoral referral network in ATU Gagauzia, as well as training local Multi-Disciplinary Teams on standard operating procedures (SOPs) and the roles of each responsible party ensuring a coordinated and a joined-up approach;
- Implement, evaluate and cost the respective referral mechanism and local action plan to support replication and scale up;
- Strengthen the capacity of local key service delivery institutions to planning for the enforcement of service provision for VAW survivors: strengthening systems of service provision – health services, legal and psychological counselling;
- Raise public awareness to support prevention and disclosure of GBV cases.
Component 1: A local adaptation of the national Strategy on prevention and combating violence against women and domestic violence for 2018-2023 is piloted in the community of Chirsova, Comrat district
- Duty bearers trained and capacitated on national standards with regard to address gender-based violence against women, to elaborate and implement local VAW action plan;
- Sectoral referral mechanisms including standard operating procedures is developed and implemented;
- Both the elaborated local plan and referral mechanism are evaluated implemented and costed;
- At least 200 women from the pilot community have access to the created service and trained professionals;
- Raised awareness among opinion and decision-makers and wider society about the GBV issue - with at least 3,000 persons covered by awareness-raising activities.
- One functional social reintegration service providing assistance to victims of GBV;
- At least 3 trained staff members and 3 professionals from local institutions providing services to victims of GBV.
Component 2: Advocacy for implementation of policies and laws on VAW in Moldova
- State Legal Aid system to provide timely and quality legal support to the victims is strengthened.
- Multi-disciplinary task force on counteracting gender-based-violence with approved job descriptions and regulations, institutionalized;
- Situational Analysis report, based on the results of sociological research, which contains proposals of the interventions and connections between SDGs and local targets, elaborated;
- Chirsova Mayoralty has developed and implemented jointly with the community members and with the support of the project a Local Action Plan for combating gender-based violence;
- The renovation of the first regional center for assisting survivors of gender-based violence in the ATU Gagauzia was finalized. Over 200 people donated $3,970 through a fundraising campaign to renovate the center;
- An extensive communication campaign on the consequences of the violence was carried out in Chirsova village and in other localities in the ATU Gagauzia;
- Economic Empowerment Component - nine women and one man from Chirsova village, ATU Gagauzia, obtained grants to start up their own business. The total value of grants was of $12,000. As a result of implementation of bussines plans, 16 new workplaces were created;
- In the context of COVID19 pandemic, we reallocated the amount of $3,000 for the purchase of necessary equipment for the Chirsova medical Center. There were purchased masks and personal protective clothing, visors, gloves and disinfectants. Thus, the capacity of medical institution to face the effects of global pandemics increased, making possiblethe efficient monitoring of domestic violence cases in pandemic period.