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Slovakia, population 5 million, is located in Central Europe.
In 2004, the Slovak government passed the National Strategy for Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Women and in Families. As is clear from its title, the document does not specifically address elimination of violence against women, but relates it to the issue of violence in families, including different target groups such as children and elderly people. Therefore, the strategy does not acknowledge the specifics of violence against women as gender based violence requiring specific approaches and measures.
A year later, the government passed the National Action Plan for Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Women for years 2005-2008. Nevertheless, the government has not allocated any funds for its activities or for the activities of its coordinating body, the Government Council for Crime Prevention Expert Group on Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Women and in Families. Thus, it is not surprising that the individual ministries have carried out many of the NAP activities only formally.
It can be concluded that the Slovak government needs to make more efforts to effectively implement the policies in the field of VAW in order to meet its obligations under international laws.
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