Gender Violence Advocacy
In Ukraine, Project Kesher activists were involved in the process of designing new legislation and in October 2018, testified in their legislature about how the law is working one year after implementation.
In Russia, Project Kesher is hard at work with a national coalition of women preparing to introduce new legislation to their national legislature, the Duma. Working with their interfaith coalition, they speak regularly with faith leaders about way faith communities can reach into our texts and traditions to ensure that women are not abused.
Activists speak in the schools, teaching both girls and boys how to have healthy relationships.
In Israel, Project Kesher activists can be seen protesting on the streets and testifying in the Knesset to end the silence about domestic violence in Russian-speaking homes and the need for resources to reach more women about this problem. In 2018-2019, PK launched an intensive professional training course for Russian-speaking women in Tel Aviv. For the first time in Israel, this course will produce a cohort of 25+ volunteers who will provide resources in Russian for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, led by Beer Sheva Rape Crisis Center Director and PKI board member, Liza Nikolaichuk. At the conclusion of the course, activists will provide free, culturally sensitive support for Russian-speakers across Israel through Whatsapp and Facebook. Along with PKI activists from across the country, this new cohort will advocate for victims of gender violence in their communities, in the Knesset, and in the streets.