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Every
third woman in the world is suffering from physical or sexual violence
according the latest United Nations study. In Ukraine, the situation isn’t much
better. Around 45 percent of Ukraine’s population (45 million) suffers violence
– physical, sexual or mental – and most of them are women, according to the
report. Street women are the most vulnerable category. Around 40 percent of
them suffer from sexual violence, with 25 percent being under 18 according to
the Ukrainian Foundation of Public Health, a charity.

“Ukraine
really has an unacceptable level of violence, mainly by men and mainly due to
high level of alcohol consumption,” says Nuzhat Ehsan, UN Population Fund
representative in Ukraine. “The problem (here) is really high. And it’s not a
situation for us to relax at all.”

Apart
from the problem of alcohol in Ukraine, loopholes in the legislation contribute
to the problem of domestic violence, according to Ehsan.

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