Stories resembling a horror movie. This is how some cases of honor related crimes in Bulgaria sound. Inspector Desislava Viktorova from the National Police, the Crimes Against Personality department, tells us how the police is proceeding when it comes to such a sensitive type of abuse.
*This article reflects a personal opinion of the expert and the team of the project does not commit to it.
The advocacy tools developed during Activity 2, namely the preliminary two Recommendations for Political and Legislative Change, will be discussed with a wide range of community groups before being sent to national and local public authorities in Bulgaria.
This activity aims to regularly inform stakeholders in Bulgaria and Norway about the activities and results of the project, which will also support advocacy activities for the adoption by the national and local institutions of proposed changes to policies and laws.
Due to the declared emergency situation and the restrictions imposed, the project schedulehas to be changed. However, the work on it continues to be active.
The outreach activities under the current sociological survey will start again as soon as the restrictive measures have ceased.
This is the opinion of manager and founder of Centre Dinamika Association – Deana Dimova. She has a master's degree in psychology and a postgraduate qualification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Social Management. She has been working in the social field for over 15 years - psychodiagnosis, training, psychosocial support and counseling for victims of domestic and gender-based violence. Here's what she told us according to her personal practice in the anti-violence center which she leads.
Diana Radoslavova - Co - founder, Manager, and chief lawyer of Center for Legal Aid “Voice in Bulgaria”. (CLA)
Since 2009 CLA works on protection of the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Bulgaria by providing legal assistance and advocacy. They have years of experience working in closed immigration centers and advocacy of alternatives to detention. They are also working on a project on very vulnerable migrant women over the past 2 years.
Last year, the World Health Organization and the UN condemned virginity tests and called for their ban worldwide because they are painful, humiliating and mentally traumatic and exacerbate gender inequality.
These types of tests very often foreshadow crimes in the name of honor and can be considered as violence themselves.
The legislation lacks a definition of abuse or violence in the name of honor and a data collection system. This is to review the project in the next two years. Leading partner in the project is Center for Sustainable Communities Development. The other two partners are KUN Center for Equality and Diversity, Norway and Women Lawyers Association, Bulgaria.
In April, Association Korektivi prepared an analytical report with the results of a survey conducted among experts through in-depth interviews.
The main questions that interested the researchers were what the experts meant by honour related abuses; what are the risk factors for the spread of honour related abuses, what is the assessment of experts on the level of spread of the phenomenon in the country, as well as to describe the socio-demographic profile of risk groups, to examine the opinion of experts on interaction, awareness and readiness to work on such cases and finally to summarize the recommendations received.
Honor-related crimes are almost unknown in our country. However, it turns out that for some citizens of Bulgaria this is part of their everyday life. This was made clear at a press conference on "Social and legal action to combat honor related abuse" project on February 4.
You can download the selection protocol from here (Download as PDF)
This shows anationally representative study of the population on the basis of face-to-face interviews and in-depth interviews with experts, conducted by Association “Korektivi” under the „Social and legal action to combat honour related abuse“ project. Here are the details:
Honor-related crimes are invariably linked to the patriarch. What is this term and why is it so important for us to understand how certain societies function, what are the relationships between their members and what are the role models. We will understand all this from the excerpt from the book “Why Does Patriarchy Persist?” by Carol Gilligan and Naomi Snider:
With the election of Donald Trump, the persistence of patriarchy has once again come to the fore as a question that calls for explanation. Why does patriarchy persist?
Престъпленията в името на честта са почти непознати у нас. Оказва се обаче, че за някои граждани на страната ни те са ежедневие. Това стана ясно на пресконференцията по проект „Противодействие на злоупотребите в името на честта в социален и правен аспект“ на 4 февруари в пресклуба на БТА.