Belarus

Belarus

Belarus, population 9.6 million, is located in Eastern Europe. The Belarusian Constitution guarantees equality for men and women ‘in their opportunities to receive education and vocational training, promotion in labour, socio-political, cultural and other spheres of activity, as well as in creating conditions safeguarding their labour and health’.

 

In February of 2009, the law ‘On fundamental activities for crime prevention’ came into force, where the term ‘domestic violence’ was introduced and defined.  The process of introducing new legal norms has been supplemented by the implementation of a range of programs designed to raise women’s awareness of their human rights, to inform them of available procedures and practices to remedy the violations, to encourage and facilitate their access to the mechanisms of protection, to enhance their role in society, and to promote their advancement.  However, violence against women, sexual harassment, and trafficking in women remain significant problems in Belarus.

 

In 2007, the President of Belarus approved the National Program on Countering Human Trafficking, Illegal Migration and Unlawful Deeds, which addresses questions of improving legislation, international cooperation, combating trafficking, and assistance of victims. The preventive measures under the program aim to increase public awareness of the problem.

 

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