On December 11 and 12, Mariupol State University hosted meetings with the representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine with students and volunteers of the Window on America information resource center which operates on the basis of the university.
The meetings were organized for the International Human Rights day and aimed to familiarize young people with the campaign against domestic and gender-based violence "White ribbon".
Sergeant First Class of the Security Office of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine Frederick Cicione and the representative of the Center for Information Programs of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine Rene Cicione raised the topic of discrimination in America, in particular, the problem of gender equality and domestic violence.
The speakers shared their life experience of human rights violations. For example, Renee Cicione told how she was subjected to violence in childhood and adolescence, and stressed that it is important not to be silent when you witness violence and, especially, when you experience it.
In turn, the students asked the representatives of the Embassy how the problem of violence can be solved at the state level and how to distinguish real committed rape from deliberate slander. The participants also discussed the topic of bullying, recalling the cases of bullying among schoolchildren.