Mural symbolizing fight against gender-based violence opened in the capital's Triathlon Park
25 November 2022
In Kazakhstan, every 6th woman who had ever had a partner has experienced physical and sexual violence. Half of the women who experienced physical violence from a partner reported severe forms of violence.
November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which also marks the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. From November 25 to December 10, various campaigns are taking place around the world calling for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.
To honour the start of the campaign, 'Cyber Nomad' mural was opened in Astana's Triathlon Park at 4:00 pm on the 25th of November.
“This is the first portrait from a series of works based on the same concept, the creation of which was inspired by a real persona. The image of a strong woman who knows her worth, who is liberated and active - the embodiment of the historical character of a nomadic woman', says Kazakhstani artist Charli Sword, the author of the 'Cyber Nomad' mural sketch. She attempted to represent the issue of gender-based and domestic violence as a liberation and conscious opposition to the violence of the survivor herself.
The mural was presented by the organisers of the event - representatives of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Canadian Embassy in Kazakhstan. The purpose of this campaign was to raise awareness about the issues of gender-based and domestic violence: according to statistics, last year 157,884 crimes were registered in Kazakhstan, of which 61,464 were reported as domestic violence. According to the Minister of Internal Affairs, more than 100,000 cases of domestic violence have been registered in nine months of 2022, but in 60% of cases the police were unable to press charges as the survivors refused to file a complaint.