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ONE WOMAN AT A TIME "MOST WOMEN IN CYPRUS DON'T KNOW WHAT RIGHTS THEY HAVE!"

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SELF HELP

You can help yourself.

IN CYPRUS, NO LAW PREVENTS SELF-REPRESENTATION OR FROM “DOING IT YOURSELF” TO FILE IN COURT FOR NO CONTACT CIVIL PROTECTIONS.

OWAAT guides abused women to be empowered and place the law in their hands and

  • know their human rights;
  • become self-represented litigants;
  • self-help;
  • file for emergency no contact orders grounded on protections of their fundamental human rights of access to court, human dignity and privacy.

DID YOU KNOW?

Your right to represent yourself means you can file to obtain a no contact order to prevent abuse. Your human right of access to court means you can self-help, fill out forms to file your claim for no contact in court.
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DO IT YOURSELF IN COURT

Cyprus must ensure its women are afforded no less human rights against abuse than what is afforded to protect thousands of EU Member-state citizens and Council of Europe member citizens who enjoy protections against abuse in their own countries.
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Thousands of European Union Member-state and Council of Europe member nation women self-help and self-represent in court to obtain no contact protections to end their abuse – on their own.
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ABOUT OWAAT

What is One Woman At A Time (OWAAT) - CYPRUS?

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OWAAT means Cyprus has “Zero Tolerance” of Abuse Against Women.

laurel OWAAT goals are aimed at empowering all abused women to prevent their violence by protecting their life and privacy. OWAAT objectives guide women how to place the law in their hands, become self-represented litigants, and obtain access to court for no contact civil protections against their abuser.

laurel OWAAT encourages Cyprus courts to support OWAAT goals and objectives by adopting web-based “Self-help Forms” and instructions for self-represented litigants to print off, fill-in-the-blanks, e-sign and e-file in any Cyprus court with proper jurisdiction to grant civil equitable remedies, and as justice so requires.

laurel OWAAT provides court web-links as model, modern court web-based management systems. Many EU Member-state courts and all U.S. courts websites share Self-Help forms and related links to court provided civil protection complaint and instructions to assist self-represented litigants.

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laurel OWAAT operated Complaint Clinics at the local level. Village of Kokkinotrimithia and Sisters of St. Joseph’s Convent, Old City, Nicosia, opened OWAAT Complaint Centers in October 2014. Community volunteers pool resources for their local OWAAT Complaint Center. Business leaders and professionals offer valuable time, expertise and specialized skills. Municipalities and nonprofits donate facilities and computer technology. Growing networks of OWAAT volunteers sustain Complaint Centers for abused women in their communities to learn how to assert their fundamental human rights in court, in their own voice.

laurel OWAAT IS A Sustainable Community-Court Collaboration

"Every woman in Cyprus can free herself from abuse because their supportive local communities and courts have "Zero Tolerance" of Abuse."" - Patricia M. Martin, Esq., U.S. Fulbright Scholar – Cyprus, One Woman At A Time (OWAAT)

HOW DID OWAAT BEGIN?
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DONATIONS

It takes a village to end abuse, One Woman At A Time.

Your Donation Is Why OWAAT achieves the following program objectives aimed at Zero Tolerance of Abuse Against Women in Cyprus:

  • Promote opportunities for women to meet in safe places in their own communities to discuss their issues about abuse;
  • Provide women with hands-on how to access court as a self-represented litigant training forms to learn how to self-represent and bring an expedited end to their cycle of abuse;
  • Provide women with one-on-one guidance on how to self-help and place the law in their hands;
  • Provide guidance to women in safe and familiar places where they live;
  • Guide women on how to fill out a complaint and follow instructions to file for civil no contact protections request in their courts;
  • Connect women with women to help each other become empowered as friends and neighbors, or other family members in need of legal protections to prevent abuse;
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SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS

FULBRIGHT

UNIVERSITY OF NICOSIA

ALEXANDRA M. HADJIDAKI & TEAM

TESTIMONIALS

OWAAT Community Collaborators Network

Today, Cyprus volunteers offer OWAAT their valuable time, expertise and skills, information technology, offices and other pooled local resources for abused women to meet in a safe place to learn how to self-help, gain access to court, assert their fundamental human rights, and seek to end abuse by an immediate no contact court order.

  • THE HONOURABLE JUSTICE GEORGE A. SERGHIDES European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France

    “I consider OWAAT extremely important, inter alia, for the following reasons:
    First, it is an original idea which serves helpless people, victims of abuse who may also be illiterate, impoverished and need access to justice. OWAAT strives to assist them in vindicating their fundamental human rights and liberties.
    Second, it goes deep to the root of the problem of our society because it tries in the simplest possible way to give all the necessary information and legal tools to all those who need it, but they have no other means to find it.”
    View full testimonial…

  • stelios-asproftas-testimonial

    STELIOS ASPROFTAS STIKSIS MEDIATION SERVICES

    “OWAAT is performing significant work in Cyprus. The combination of positive attitude and expertise of all OWAAT Collaborators are essential elements for success. “Zero Tolerance” of abuse against women in Cyprus will continue to succeed through OWAAT goals and objectives.”

  • alexandra-hadjidaki-testimonial

    ALEXANDRA HADJIDAKI Front End Developer / CTO & Project Manager for OWAAT Website & Branding / Computer Science Sudent

    “I decided to become a OWAAT Community Collaborator Volunteer because I truly believe that this could be the first domino falling down, encouraging a lot more change from within the community. My belief is that technology can connect people in ways that were not before possible.”
    View full testimonial…

  • anna-plevri-testimonial

    DR. ANNA PLEVRI Lecturer, Department of Law, School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, University of Nicosia / Lawyer

    “Women suffer violence because they are women. Violence against women is, in every respect, human rights violations. Given the above, the OWAAT provides women the opportunity and ability to not only learn what their rights are and protect them, but to act truly in this direction. The action OWAAT is a contribution to society and to the overall protection of human rights.”
    View full testimonial…

  • dina-kapardis-testimonial

    DINA KAPARDIS MPhil Criminology, University of Cambridge

    “ONE WOMAN AT A TIME is the essence of what a humanitarian movement should and can be. Protecting Human Rights and Empowering the individual by providing support and factually correct guidance.”

  • anastasia-georgouli-testimonial

    ANASTASIA GEORGOULI Self-employed Electrical Engineer Consultant at JYA Engineering

    “I support OWAAT program because I believe it will help women believe in themselves, the human rights that they own and the possibility of living a normal and calm life and also give them the means to request for this better life through simplified procedures.”

  • carlos-partasides-testimonial

    CARLOS PARTASIDES Working at the Law Firm of Achilles & Emile C. Emilianides LLC

    “OWAAT is of extreme importance especially in Cyprus because it aims at empowering not only the abused women but all the people in the Cypriot closed society to have “Zero Tolerance of Abuse Against Women”. As the Cypriot Law System operates bureaucratically and with long delays, in my opinion QWAAT will provide the main easy accessible tool for women to defend their rights immediately by themselves or it will guide them to pursue their rights.”
    View full testimonial…

  • cassandra-koupari-testimonial

    CASSANDRA KOUPARI Kassandra Koupari & Partners / Lawyer and active supporter in representing human rights of both men and women, but especially victims of abuse of any kind

    “You need not to resort to false allegations to have human rights. The Movement OWAAT is here to help you and remind you what are your human rights to be able to make an informed choice. I believe that the law should be amended so that processes become more accessible and simpler and used as easily as FACEBOOK, so you can connect and disconnect as easily. We welcome this positive energy to our right direction and evolution.”

  • alexis-theodotou-testimonial

    ALEXIS THEODOTOU Chief executive, ALEXIS THEODOTI & Co. LLC

    “In our time, ever-more people around us every day we need our practical and ongoing support. Each of us has the ability, the opportunity and the obligation would say, to offer valuable assistance and support to our fellows, whose human rights are constantly violated.”
    View full testimonial…

  • nicola-smith-testimonial

    NICOLA SMITH President, FREEDOM DOLLS INITIATIVE

    “It is every women’s human right to feel safe within their home. OWAAT brings the law to the women in a way that empowers the woman to take control of her life again to stand up to violence everyone has a right to live a life free of violence by clicking on the OWAAT web site ladies you have taken the first step to a new life.”
    View full testimonial…

  • christina-demetriades-testimonial

    CHRISTINA DEMETRIADES Life Coach & Careers Adviser Career & Life Coach

    “The OWAAT project revolutionalizes the access to justice in Cyprus and holds promising potential for the end of women’s silent domestic abuse. By promoting equal and easier access to justice, as well as awareness and application of Human Rights, it also sets a powerful, pioneering example to be followed in other areas where the judicial system can be improved in service of the citizens. As such, and by promoting gender equality socially and culturally in the long term, the OWAAT initiative is a catalyst for positive social transformation. Being part of such a network is truly inspiring and fulfilling!”

  • blanca-cassielles-testimonial

    BLANCA CASIELLES Private Personal Interior Consultant for Home & Landscape Renovations / Spanish Instructor

    “OWAAT is a hands clasped unity in the fight and defense of the human rights for women who suffer domestic violence. Patricia makes us aware of the great social problem that keeps many isolated and terrified women at home and provides an opportunity for men and women to work together for a common cause in her project. I can’t feel but privileged to be an OWAAT Founder – Community Collaboration Network and put my two cents in.”

  • katerina-andreou-testimonial

    KATERINA ANDREOU Child Protection Specialist – Guidance Counselor

    “This empowerment of victims that will inevitably assist these women is re-evaluating themselves in terms of productive members of society and not what their attacker led them into believing is paramount if attitudes in Cyprus are to ever change and these women claim back their lives.”
    View full testimonial…

  • rossella-sala-testimonial

    ROSSELLA SALA LLM in European and Transnational Law/ONE Youth Ambassador/UNICEF Italy Local Coordinator

    “OWAAT is based on our common belief that every woman must be given the opportunity to unleash her potential by learning her rights and how to protect them. To me, being part of this project is both a honour and a challenge: while I feel proud of belonging to a group that is making a difference in women empowerment in Cyprus, I am also aware the path before us is long and steep.”
    View full testimonial…

  • midieia-masoukatidou-testimonial

    MIDIEIA MASOUKATIDOU OWAAT Greek/Russian Translator

    “Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation. It does not distinguish between borders, cultures or wealth. As abuse continues, we can not pretend to make real progress towards equality, development and peace. Unquestionably, the problem of abuse of women in Cyprus increased rapidly, and needs to be dealt with; it is great.”
    View full testimonial…

  • alisa-khandyuk-testimonial

    ALISA KHANDYUK Professor of Russian and Ukrainian Language and Literature / Translator

    “First of all, I am a mother of two children. Whenever I pray to God I ask that they will be protected and that they will have a good life. My girls will eventually grow up and become women and I wouldn’t want to think that there is the slightest chance that they will experience any form of abuse.”
    View full testimonial…

  • julia-georgia-topintzi-testimonial

    JULIA-GEORGIA TOPINTZI Professor of German Language and Literature / Translator and Coordinator of OWAAT's translation team / Law student at the University of Nicosia

    “I decided to work for OWAAT because the counseling and the assistance offered in this organization can change the lives of many women that, even as we speak, are facing abuse and are in need of protection. The option to seek help and share their ordeal is not always an easy one to make. OWAAT is fighting for all those women who need support in order to stand on their own two feet and demand a better future for themselves and for their children.”

  • sophia-papastavrou-testimonial

    SOPHIA PAPASTAVROU ABD / Department of Social Justice Education (SJE)

    “OWAAT empowers women and girls by ensuring they receive the support they need so that in the long term become active participants in “rebuilding” their communities free from abuse, discrimination and harassment so that women’s rights are respected. OWAAT’s approach reflects the different needs of the women they serve, as well as meaningfully affirm the rights of women and girls in order to bring forth sustainable and long term change.”
    View full testimonial…

  • stephanie-williams-testimonial

    STEPHANIE WILLIAMS J.D. / Immediate Past Co-Chair, ​ABA SIL ​International Human Rights Committee

    “I featured OWAAT Cyprus on Silent All These Years, as one of the 16 Causes to Support in 2016 because OWAAT provides women direct access to the laws and resources they need to become self-represented civil litigants. I promote OWAAT’s world’s first International Human Rights website that provides a comprehensive toolkit specifically designed to empower all abused women.”

  • spavo-testimonial

    SPAVO Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family

    “We support OWAAT to empower women reclaiming their rights.”
    View full testimonial…

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  • THE HONOURABLE JUSTICE GEORGE A. SERGHIDES laurel European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France

    “I consider OWAAT extremely important, inter alia, for the following reasons:
    First, it is an original idea which serves helpless people, victims of abuse who may also be illiterate, impoverished and need access to justice. OWAAT strives to assist them in vindicating their fundamental human rights and liberties.
    Second, it goes deep to the root of the problem of our society because it tries in the simplest possible way to give all the necessary information and legal tools to all those who need it, but they have no other means to find it.”
    View full testimonial…

  • STELIOS ASPROFTAS laurel STIKSIS MEDIATION SERVICES

    “OWAAT is performing significant work in Cyprus. The combination of positive attitude and expertise of all OWAAT Collaborators are essential elements for success. “Zero Tolerance” of abuse against women in Cyprus will continue to succeed through OWAAT goals and objectives.”

  • ALEXANDRA HADJIDAKI laurel Front End Developer / CTO & Project Manager for OWAAT Website & Branding / Computer Science Sudent

    “I decided to become a OWAAT Community Collaborator Volunteer because I truly believe that this could be the first domino falling down, encouraging a lot more change from within the community. My belief is that technology can connect people in ways that were not before possible.”
    View full testimonial…

  • DR. ANNA PLEVRI laurel Lecturer, Department of Law, School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, University of Nicosia / Lawyer

    “Women suffer violence because they are women. Violence against women is, in every respect, human rights violations. Given the above, the OWAAT provides women the opportunity and ability to not only learn what their rights are and protect them, but to act truly in this direction. The action OWAAT is a contribution to society and to the overall protection of human rights.”
    View full testimonial…

  • DINA KAPARDIS laurel MPhil Criminology, University of Cambridge

    “ONE WOMAN AT A TIME is the essence of what a humanitarian movement should and can be. Protecting Human Rights and Empowering the individual by providing support and factually correct guidance.”

  • ANASTASIA GEORGOULI laurel Self-employed Electrical Engineer Consultant at JYA Engineering

    “I support OWAAT program because I believe it will help women believe in themselves, the human rights that they own and the possibility of living a normal and calm life and also give them the means to request for this better life through simplified procedures.”

  • CARLOS PARTASIDES laurel Working at the Law Firm of Achilles & Emile C. Emilianides LLC

    “OWAAT is of extreme importance especially in Cyprus because it aims at empowering not only the abused women but all the people in the Cypriot closed society to have “Zero Tolerance of Abuse Against Women”. As the Cypriot Law System operates bureaucratically and with long delays, in my opinion QWAAT will provide the main easy accessible tool for women to defend their rights immediately by themselves or it will guide them to pursue their rights.”
    View full testimonial…

  • CASSANDRA KOUPARI laurel Kassandra Koupari & Partners / Lawyer and active supporter in representing human rights of both men and women, but especially victims of abuse of any kind

    “You need not to resort to false allegations to have human rights. The Movement OWAAT is here to help you and remind you what are your human rights to be able to make an informed choice. I believe that the law should be amended so that processes become more accessible and simpler and used as easily as FACEBOOK, so you can connect and disconnect as easily. We welcome this positive energy to our right direction and evolution.”

  • ALEXIS THEODOTOU laurel Chief executive, ALEXIS THEODOTI & Co. LLC

    “In our time, ever-more people around us every day we need our practical and ongoing support. Each of us has the ability, the opportunity and the obligation would say, to offer valuable assistance and support to our fellows, whose human rights are constantly violated.”
    View full testimonial…

  • NICOLA SMITH laurel President, FREEDOM DOLLS INITIATIVE

    “It is every women’s human right to feel safe within their home. OWAAT brings the law to the women in a way that empowers the woman to take control of her life again to stand up to violence everyone has a right to live a life free of violence by clicking on the OWAAT web site ladies you have taken the first step to a new life.”
    View full testimonial…

  • CHRISTINA DEMETRIADES laurel Life Coach & Careers Adviser Career & Life Coach

    “The OWAAT project revolutionalizes the access to justice in Cyprus and holds promising potential for the end of women’s silent domestic abuse. By promoting equal and easier access to justice, as well as awareness and application of Human Rights, it also sets a powerful, pioneering example to be followed in other areas where the judicial system can be improved in service of the citizens. As such, and by promoting gender equality socially and culturally in the long term, the OWAAT initiative is a catalyst for positive social transformation. Being part of such a network is truly inspiring and fulfilling!”

  • BLANCA CASIELLES laurel Private Personal Interior Consultant for Home & Landscape Renovations / Spanish Instructor

    “OWAAT is a hands clasped unity in the fight and defense of the human rights for women who suffer domestic violence. Patricia makes us aware of the great social problem that keeps many isolated and terrified women at home and provides an opportunity for men and women to work together for a common cause in her project. I can’t feel but privileged to be an OWAAT Founder – Community Collaboration Network and put my two cents in.”

  • KATERINA ANDREOU laurel Child Protection Specialist – Guidance Counselor

    “This empowerment of victims that will inevitably assist these women is re-evaluating themselves in terms of productive members of society and not what their attacker led them into believing is paramount if attitudes in Cyprus are to ever change and these women claim back their lives.”
    View full testimonial…

  • ROSSELLA SALA laurel LLM in European and Transnational Law/ONE Youth Ambassador/UNICEF Italy Local Coordinator

    “OWAAT is based on our common belief that every woman must be given the opportunity to unleash her potential by learning her rights and how to protect them. To me, being part of this project is both a honour and a challenge: while I feel proud of belonging to a group that is making a difference in women empowerment in Cyprus, I am also aware the path before us is long and steep.”
    View full testimonial…

  • MIDIEIA MASOUKATIDOU laurel OWAAT Greek/Russian Translator

    “Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation. It does not distinguish between borders, cultures or wealth. As abuse continues, we can not pretend to make real progress towards equality, development and peace. Unquestionably, the problem of abuse of women in Cyprus increased rapidly, and needs to be dealt with; it is great.”
    View full testimonial…

  • ALISA KHANDYUK laurel Professor of Russian and Ukrainian Language and Literature / Translator

    “First of all, I am a mother of two children. Whenever I pray to God I ask that they will be protected and that they will have a good life. My girls will eventually grow up and become women and I wouldn’t want to think that there is the slightest chance that they will experience any form of abuse.”
    View full testimonial…

  • JULIA-GEORGIA TOPINTZI laurel Professor of German Language and Literature / Translator and Coordinator of OWAAT's translation team / Law student at the University of Nicosia

    “I decided to work for OWAAT because the counseling and the assistance offered in this organization can change the lives of many women that, even as we speak, are facing abuse and are in need of protection. The option to seek help and share their ordeal is not always an easy one to make. OWAAT is fighting for all those women who need support in order to stand on their own two feet and demand a better future for themselves and for their children.”

  • SOPHIA PAPASTAVROU laurel ABD / Department of Social Justice Education (SJE)

    “OWAAT empowers women and girls by ensuring they receive the support they need so that in the long term become active participants in “rebuilding” their communities free from abuse, discrimination and harassment so that women’s rights are respected. OWAAT’s approach reflects the different needs of the women they serve, as well as meaningfully affirm the rights of women and girls in order to bring forth sustainable and long term change.”
    View full testimonial…

  • STEPHANIE WILLIAMS laurel J.D. / Immediate Past Co-Chair, ​ABA SIL ​International Human Rights Committee

    “I featured OWAAT Cyprus on Silent All These Years, as one of the 16 Causes to Support in 2016 because OWAAT provides women direct access to the laws and resources they need to become self-represented civil litigants. I promote OWAAT’s world’s first International Human Rights website that provides a comprehensive toolkit specifically designed to empower all abused women.”

  • SPAVO laurel Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family

    “We support OWAAT to empower women reclaiming their rights.”
    View full testimonial…

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