Posted by: Public Affairs Officer Christopher Fitzgerald
In the United States, November 25 was our Thanksgiving holiday, but around the world it was also the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. I had the honor today of welcoming to the Embassy a group of Ukrainian activists and officials working to stop domestic violence and spoke to them about America’s commitment to this campaign in Ukraine and elsewhere.
The Embassy’s Democracy Commission small grants program supports the work of the conference organizer, a non-governmental organization called the Harmonized Society Foundation, led by a remarkable woman named Natalya Grishchenko. The work she and her NGO are doing to help victims of domestic violence is important, and our support reflects the commitment of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the rights of women and children.
As Secretary Clinton notes in an opinion article on this subject, “one in three women around the world will experience gender-based violence in her lifetime.” In fact, the problem is so pervasive that it will take many years to solve. But the good work being done in Ukraine by NGOs like Harmonized Society is a big step in the right direction.