On February 5, the Access to Justice in Moldova Project team launches Cu DREPTul, a podcast on access to justice and human rights.

Cu DREPTul aims to be not only an informative but also an educational product that is useful to all those interested in the field of human rights and justice in the Republic of Moldova. Cu DREPTul is produced within the National Campaign for a Healthy Justice, an initiative of the Access to Justice in Moldova Project. Project Director Olivia Pîrțac-Goagă is convinced that the podcast formula is the most cost-effective way for one to inform themselves and learn. In addition, it can be listened to anytime, anywhere, and if you have downloaded it in advance, even when you do not have internet access. 

“The issues of human rights and access to justice are always of current interest, even if we do not always realize it. However, when human rights are violated and violations occur frequently, it is always a painful process. Through this podcast, we want people to have access to information that would help them become aware of various law-related situations and violations, know how to react, and prevent legal issues. At the same time, we hope to be listened to by lawyers and to contribute to their training and professionalism,” Olivia Pîrțac-Goagă said.

Cu DREPTul  is signed by journalist Tatiana Ețco who plans to address topics and issues that, although very important, are too little visible in the public space, as well as topics that are widely discussed but which need to be deepened or updated, and the first episode is an example in this regard, Tatiana points out. Domestic violence against women is one of the most serious human rights violations, including in the Republic of Moldova. In the first episode of Cu DREPTul, Veronica Teleucă, coordinator of the National Coalition “Life Without Family Violence,” explains why the law in the field continues to be good only on paper, why education is important in reducing this phenomenon, and why many victims of violence are also victims of a bureaucratic and unfriendly justice system.

“This unplanned launch takes place on the eve of the four-year anniversary of Moldova’s signing of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, known as the Istanbul Convention, which has never been ratified, despite the recommendations of experts and professionals in the field. Why this procrastination is happening, but also why ratification is needed, and not only, you will find out by listening to this first episode,” Tatiana Ețco urges. 

Cu DREPTul can be listened to on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Anchor.fm, as well as on www.justitietransparenta.md. The Access to Justice in Moldova Project is implemented by Millennium DPI Partners from the funds of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the U.S. Department of State.