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Self-help website for abused women launched in Greek language

One Woman At A Time Cyprus (OWAAT) has launched the world’s first self-help Greek website that provides human rights information, simple instructions and fill-in-the blanks application forms for divorce and emergency no-contact orders.

The project was launched in 2014 by Patricia Martin, a US constitutional law civil rights litigator, and international human rights advocate, who received a Fulbright research scholarship to facilitate the work of the project, implemented in cooperation with the University of Nicosia Law Clinic programme.

OWAAT aims to teach women how to take a grasp of the law, become self-represented litigants, and get access to court for no-contact orders against their abusers, without the help of a lawyer.

Alexandra Hadjidaki
Alexandra Hadjidaki

Alexandra Hadjidaki, Cyprus web-developer and entrepreneur, and OWAAT volunteer launched the project’s website, first in English and now in Greek because she said it was “a very important project to help abused women all over the island and the world.”

“In Cyprus, human rights are not taught in most schools,” Hadjidaki said.  “But today, when OWAAT launched the world’s first Greek website, now every Greek-speaking woman in Cyprus can have access online to learn her human rights and how to ask for court protection, or file for divorce.”

According to a statement, OWAAT volunteers worked “tirelessly together over the past six months to help translate and launch the Greek website – also the world’s first, vital, virtual, international self-help human rights toolbox, especially designed for abused women”.

OWAAT also aims to launch the website in Russian and Arabic this year.

For more information: www.owaat-cy.com.

 

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