Open Letter to the Greek Minister
of the Interior
Dear Mr. Minister,
While trying to decide whether or
not to close the abused women's support structures, try to bring to your mind the faces of the women who are in need of
them - and do not be surprised at all if you yourself recognize some of
these women... because –like us - you will certainly know at least one of the
762 women who every day are abused physically or sexually. And of course, among
the more than one million women that have been abused psychologically,
physically and/or sexually, you certainly know at least one –she may even be
one for whom you care…
While trying to decide whether or
not to close the support structures, try
to find time to talk with the counselors who come into contact with the
abused women to help you realize for yourself that the only umbrella that, as a
State, you have managed to open to protect them is all these structures, which
you are currently considering to close.
Before you decide to close the
shelters, try to find time to meet the women and their children who
Before you decide to close the Counseling Centers, try to find time to talk to some of the women who
resorted to them, not only to learn
their needs but also to help you
realize that without these structures, these women will find it more difficult
and more time consuming to will further run behind the Marathon race that they have to run in order to Escape from
violent relationships in which they are trapped because, every time that they
"come a cropper on their backside" over the obstacles raised by the
public order and justice systems, but also health and welfare systems, they themselves, ALONE, will have to stand
up anew, to "heal themselves", and continue to strive...
In the following 16 weeks, we will also try to help you
realize this by transferring their own voice to you...
care to hear their voice, follow the Greek Campaign (www.facebook.com/EuropeanAntiViolenceNetwork) entitled: 16 Weeks Actions AGAINST THE CLOSURE of the Support
Structures for Abused Women.
It starts today, December 10,
2014, which is the last day of the Campaign "16 Days of Activism
against gender violence" of the United Nations (UN Women)
It starts today, December 10, 2014, which is the International Human Rights Day –so that, to remind us all that life
free of violence is a right for all, not only for all males, but also for all females!
If, however, you
do not care to hear their own voice,
we hope the campaign
will spread so
you cannot avoid
it starts today,
2014, on the International Human Rights Day...
Where to find the financial resources?
Please do not use the economic
as an argument
we all know that:
• ALL these
with funds from
the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) 2007-2013 and
continue to operate
funds from the new NSRF
• if you decide to
structures, allocating the new NSRF funds on another
this will be
thought of it as being
in your best political interest and not a result of the economic crisis.
Why does this concerns us?
To remain open the abused women
support structures concerns ALL of us...
...because we live in a country that cares neither to prevent the
abuse of women nor to protect abused women and their children. Nevertheless, we care, and we demand from
our country, at least not to deprive
them of the last right they still have, namely, access to support services
which empower and support them so that they are able to defend themselves and
protect not only themselves but their children as well
· ...because each one of us, the
women, may have been abused, is being abused now or will be abused at some
point in the future
· ...because each one of us, men
and women, knows at least one woman who has been abused, who is being abused or
who will be –unfortunately- abused in the future; and not only knows her, but
also is interested and cares for her...
Please sign the Petition
all people you
Posted: 9 December 2014 (Updated: 3 August 2015)