“A book may be written about any family. For a happy story, there is no space for violence,” this is a happy marriage recipe according to Cătălina and Gheorghe Vîlciu. These two got married several weeks ago at a ceremony performed in the mayor’s office in Chirsova – a community from Gagauzian Autonomy.
Gheorghe and Cătălina have vowed love to each other in the presence of their relatives and friends. By the end of the ceremony, together with the marriage certificate, they received a brochure entitled “A happy family is a family without violence”, and the secretary of the Mayor’s Office told them about the importance of preventing conflicts and violence.
The initiative is of the multidisciplinary team from Chirsova and is conducted in the framework of the project “Addressing violence against women in the Republic of Moldova: exploring and learning from local solutions” implemented by UNDP with the support of Republic of Korea.
Like Gheorghe and Catalina, about 20 thousand couples marry each year in the Republic of Moldova. And many of them fall apart. One of the reasons is the violence - every fourth woman in Moldova experienced it.
“A happy family is a family without violence”
Gheorghe is known not only by Chirsova villagers, but also by all Carla's Dreams band fans. He is one of the young people appearing in the “Imperfect” video clip. He got this role thanks to his appearance – his skin and hair are all white due to albinism – a condition he suffers from since his childhood. He is often invited to take part in photo shoots. “I accept these invitations because I want to have some memories when I will be old. I want to know that I did something interesting and something nice remained for people,” says Gheorghe.