In Kiev, training for journalists to work with marginalized women were held

 Media representatives from 7 regions of Ukraine spent two busy days near the capital, where they learned to cover such a complex topic as violence against marginalized women.A training event began with a presentation by Yulia Tsarevskaya, Project Manager of Convictus Ukraine, she told participants about the organization’s activities in the area of violence prevention. It should be noted that the training itself was held on the basis of the Center for Psychosocial Assistance in which the rehabilitation of women affected by violence takes place.

Further, the participants and participants of the training were offered to deepen their knowledge on the subject of violence. In particular, coach Alyona Krivulyak (“La Strada-Ukraine”) proposed to consider the typology, causes and consequences of violence. After each information block, representatives and representatives of the media had the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge in a playful way.

Special attention was paid to the notion of gender – the psychosocial, sociocultural roles of men and women, as well as psycho-biological features that are affected by biological sex. The journalists were also invited to give improvised lectures on gender for children of different ages.

Marina Legko, a lawyer at La Strada-Ukraine, spoke about the Ukrainian and international legislation on countering violence. The expert focus was on administrative and criminal liability.

After the lunch break, coaches told about the identification of violence, the social portrait of the abuser and the circumstances that need to be taken into account when covering such stories. It should be noted separately the active participation of the audience in the discussion of these issues. Most often, journalists and journalists recalled their own experience in covering the facts of violence, were interested in the nuances of conducting a forensic medical examination, analysed cases in which famous and influential men were suspects.

The second day of training began with a presentation of the rehabilitation program at the Center for Psychosocial Care.

 Natalia Reshetova, the director of the institution, spoke about the duration of the program, the difficulties that a woman faces on the way to recovery, adaptation in society.

Also, special attention on the second day of training was given to the role of the media in covering the problems of marginalized women and predicting the impact of media coverage for the affected person. During the practical part of the training, journalists and journalists were able to visually analyze various situations and choose the most tolerant option for publication.

After the training, participants shared their impressions and expressed a desire to practice their knowledge in practice.

The event was made possible through the project “Equal access to assistance to women victims of violence.” The goal of the activity is to reduce the risks of violence, traumatization, retraumatization, and infection with socially dangerous diseases among marginalized women through expanding the access of those who have been subjected to violence to assistance through shelters/centers for victims. The project is being implemented with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation.

Recall the Psychosocial Care Center in which the training took place, located not far from Kiev and equipped for the simultaneous comfortable stay of 15 people (women with children). In the institution under the supervision of qualified professionals, you can go through a program of rehabilitation after violence. The activity is implemented in cooperation with the Analytic Center “Socialсonsulting” with the support of the European Commission.