According to police figures on the Blue Charter, in 2019 there was a rise in the rate of cases of domestic abuse in the Łódzkie Voivodship. The most common form of abuse is mental abuse, but the number of victims of physical abuse has also risen. There is very little awareness of the problem of gender-based violence, and no measures are taken to raise awareness of violence mechanisms and the system of support for victims.
Under the project, a public campaign will be conducted in the Łódzkie Voivodship to increase awareness of the cultural and social causes of gender-based violence and the ways it can be combatted. The campaign will consist of online and outdoor activities, and will be combined with awareness-raising activities intended for teachers, boys and young men, victims of violence, employees of institutions and services that victims of violence turn to, and others. Łódź CSOs, schools, and representatives of the Municipal Authority will also be included in the measures. We will make use of support and cooperation with organizations working to defend women’s rights and rights of victims of violence in the Łódzkie Voivodship. The project findings and materials will be collated in a report. The project will be implemented in partnership with the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association and the Bulgarian Center for Lifelong Learning. The partners will contribute their know-how relating to cross-sector cooperation and lobbying for measures to combat violence and will give the project more exposure due to being part of international networks.