"La Strada" began as an organization that was engaged in the prevention of trafficking in women. This topic was a hot topic in the 90s.
"There was a war in the Balkans, the situation in Turkey, the opening of borders. This topic has also actively attracted the attention of the international community. However, already in the early 2000s, we saw that trafficking in women transformed into trafficking in women and men", - says Kateryna Levchenko.
Today, according to her, it is worth talking about human trafficking, because new forms of exploitation have spread. For example, labor exploitation.
"Very quickly we noticed that one of the driving factors of human trafficking is domestic violence," - adds Kateryna Levchenko.
Already in 2004, "La Strala" opened a second hotline, which was dedicated directly to the issue of combating domestic violence. Before that, there was already a line that dealt with the issue of combating human trafficking. After that, the issue of protecting children's rights arose. In addition, the organization began to deal with gender equality and the protection of women's rights in a broad sense. For example, in 2005, representatives of "La Strada" participated in the discussion and advocacy of the law "On ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and men".
When the war and occupation began, problems arose related to forced migrants and the provision of humanitarian assistance to them. Today, "La Strada" is actively working to provide assistance in the situation of restrictions related to the introduction of quarantine due to COVID-19.
"When we started, there were three of us, and today it is a powerful organization. In particular, now the team provides round-the-clock operation of the National Hotline, which is a lot of consultants." Levchenko emphasizes.
The national "hotline" for the prevention of domestic violence, human trafficking and gender discrimination is available by phone: 0 800 500 335 or 116 123 (short number from mobile).
"La Strada" also managed to establish good partnership relations with Facebook. IN interview Povazi, head of public policy for Ukraine, Kateryna Kruk, noted that La Strada is Facebook's security partner, and that the organization is doing incredible work, so Facebook is considering options on how to support its activities.
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