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Forum theatre against domestic violence

Written by on Thursday, 23 January 2014
Culture and History, Tajikistan
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With a little delay I  post an article by Tajik journalist Nisso Azizova who talks about the event against domestic violence and the law adopted.

In December 2013 there “16 days against domestic violence” action took place in Dushanbe. The aim of the action was to bring public attention to the rights of vulnerable groups of people.  The action, in the frame of the PDV projct against domestic violence, started in local art institution Dushanbe Art Ground. All willing were invited to take part in the event – forum theatre performance.

The performance was followed by debated among the audience on the reasons of the domestic violence. Among others the following reasons of the domestic violence were called: economic vulnerability – unequal position of men and women in the family. It is often when a woman falling into a situation of dependence that is followed by violence.

Also such reasons as traditionalism and patriarchy of Tajik society were called. The roles of men and women in our society are clearly marked and any status quo breaking is followed by family conflicts.

The role of the State and the sometimes lack of law enforcement has also become a subject of heated debate as well.  Officially the law On prevention of domestic violence as adopted only in 2013. That means the the problem was not seriously taking till this period.

It is worth mentioning that PDV project took part in the preparation of the law with the money of Swiss government.

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