Moldova’s experience in combating violence against women, appreciated by the Georgian authorities

Although Moldova ratified the Istanbul Convention in 2021, our country already has an interesting experience in preventing and combating violence against women.

The statement was made by Chair of the Gender Equality Council of Georgia, Nino Tsilosani, during the study visit of the Moldovan delegation to Tbilisi.

In this regard, colleagues from Georgia have appreciated the recent initiative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) to establish a Family Justice Centre within the General Police Inspectorate as well as the fact that the Framework Regulation and minimum quality standards of the integrated service have already been approved. Georgia, although having ratified the Istanbul Convention almost six years ago (in 2017), is still working on draft legislation to promote the Law on Consent.

The parliamentary group responsible for the operation of the legislative amendments concerning the change of focus from physical and mental constraint to vitiated consent in the case of sexual offences has shown great interest in continuing discussions with specialists from our country, who have already succeeded in carrying out this exercise.

In turn, members of the Moldovan delegation noted the good practice of their Georgian colleagues to actively involve law enforcement bodies in raising awareness and educating citizens on the rights of women and children.

Daniela Misail-Nichitin, Secretary of State, MIA: ‘During the visit to the General Prosecutor’s Office, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that prosecutors are actively involved in information campaigns, they go to different regions of Georgia and talk to professionals in schools, hospitals and, of course, to police officers and prosecutors in the field. For instance, they launched in 2022 a campaign dedicated to preventing and combating femicide in Georgia.’

Members of the Commission on Monitoring and Analysis of Domestic Violence Cases Resulting in Death or Serious harm of Victims undertook on April 3 th-7 th a study visit hosted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia to exchange best practices in the field of combating discrimination, domestic violence and violence against women.

The Commission on Monitoring and Analysis of Domestic Violence Cases Resulting in Death or Serious harm to the Body Integrity of the Victims turned one year at the end of Februarie; its secretariat is being provided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The recommendations of the Commission, validated on March 30th this year, after an analysis of the most serious cases of violence against women and girls committed during 2022, will be included in the programme to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence for the period 2023-2027. It is expected to be approved by the Government in April. It represents a roadmap, which would enable authorities to ensure the reduction of lethality risks through prevention, protection and assistance, investigation and integrated and coordinated policies. It is also an important step in harmonizing the regulatory framework of our country as a candidate country for the EU membership.