Covid-19 drastically changed the nature of Open Dialogue Cafe, which used to be an occasion for its volunteers to meet outside and speak face to face about interesting and specific topics.
However, ODC community truly believes that every cloud has a silver lining and, for this reason, it decided to exploit to the fullest the positive aspects of an online version of Open Dialogue Cafe.
This new shape provided the project with a more international audience, it helped it reaching a wider community that could be involved in bigger causes.
The 25th of November was indeed the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. For this occasion, InterMediaKT, through the positive space of Open Dialogue Cafe joined the UN International Campaign against Women Violence by hosting a Webinar on Gender Based Violence (GBV).
The discussion was leaded by Elena Debonis, an expert in GBV. Elena made a presentation where she explained basic definitions about violence, its different types and the whole framework behind it.
Elena also shared her experience in Madagascar, where, as a UN member, she collected stories of GBV survivors.
One in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence mostly by an intimate partner. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women, particularly domestic violence, have intensified.
The main objective of the webinar was to make participants reflect on the roots of this problem and how our unconscious biases can lead to discrimination, which is the first step towards violence. Women are constantly exposed to an unequal society, this is shown in the mainstream media, at work, in the streets and in family dynamics. This normalised discrimination makes survivors of GBV more afraid to speak up and stand up for their rights.
The dialogue was interactive as everyone shared their personal experiences and participated to the various activities that were organised by the team.
Finally, not only the event aimed to depict this current issue, but also it focused on highlighting possible solutions. Thus, numbers for helplines and websites to denounce this human right violation have been given to the participants.