I am a big supporter of The Sisters Center – one of the very few NGOs that helps survivors of sexual and domestic violence left standing in my country. Its sole source of funding is private donations. Their financial situation isn’t great at the moment, but what they do can make a huge difference for thousands, millions of survivors. Especially now.
Some background – recently my country has passed a law that essentially decriminalizes domestic violence. Essentially, our lawmakers, especially the woman in the photo who was behind the law don’t feel like they “should interfere in the family life”. Meanwhile, domestic violence occurs one in four families in this country. And since the 2013 controversial law about NGOs that made it very difficult for internationally funded NGOs to work here, there are very few places left that can help victims of domestic violence. The state doesn’t consider organizations where they can get help worthy of funding. And this new law is going to make it even harder for the victims to get the help that they need.
Update 07/02/2017 –
THE LAW HAS BEEN SIGNED AND PASSED.
I REPEAT: THE RUSSIAN LAW THAT DECRIMINALISES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COMMITTED FOR THE FIRST TIME HAS BEEN PASSED.
I DON’T NEED TO TELL YOU THE SOCIAL, LEGAL AND HUMANITARIAN IMPLICATIONS OF THIS.
WE MUST PROTECT THE SURVIVORS. WE MUST HELP THE SISTERS CENTER
The Sisters Center is a place where domestic violence survivors can get help. So what I’m asking my readers – please help them help people. What they do is incredibly, incredibly important. Every person who has experienced domestic violence deserves help. No matter their background.
Link to donate – http://sisters-help.ru/donation_eng.html
Even if you can’t donate, please link to this page on your social media or your blog if you can.