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Hrystyna Kit is a Ukrainian women right’s advocate, jurist and attorney. She is also the co-founder of the Ukrainian Women Lawyers Association JurFem, which focuses on increasing gender sensitivity within the legal community and Ukrainian legislation as well as improving survivors’ access to justice. As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues into its ninth month, she’s pushing forward against a rising tide of gender-based violence.  
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Olha Svitlychna, 29, from Mariupol, Ukraine. At the age of 24, she applied and was appointed as a Human Rights Commissioner by the Head of the National Police, where she set up a police hub and an Expert Council on Innovative Ideas. Later, she took a position as Head of the Department of International Cooperation at the Donetsk State University of Internal Affairs.
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Iryna Zalialova is a police colonel in the Ukraine National Police service. She leads the Department for Monitoring Gender Equality and efforts to combat domestic violence under the Human Rights Compliance Department. Until 2014, Zalialova lived in Horlivka and worked at the Donetsk Law Institute. When pro-Russian militants entered the Donetsk region, Zalialova and her family were forced to flee to Kyiv. Already in the capital of Ukraine, she decided to try out for the National Police: she passed the competition and got a job as a precinct officer.
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Elena Gorgan, 54, is a beekeeper and founder of ApiHerb, a small business producing honey and beeswax products, natural herbal teas, and plant-based cosmetics in Puhaceni village, Moldova. Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, she took part in a project supporting local women producers in business development for sustainable growth, implemented by Sweet Mary and UN Women Moldova and financed by the Government of Sweden. Recently, Gorgan showcased her products at an exhibition and conference organized in Chisinau in the lead-up to the Regional Women’s Entrepreneur EXPO 2022.
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Bohdana Korop, 37, is an economist, teacher and head of the non-profit organization Center for Creativity and Intellectual Development in Ukraine. She helps coordinate rural women in the Chernivtsi region under a UN Women project “Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment through Decentralization Reform of Ukraine”.
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With more than 20 years of experience helping women from vulnerable groups across Ukraine, Lyubov Maksymovych heads the NGO "Women's Perspectives", whose work has become more relevant and necessary than ever since the country’s full-scale invasion. In February, her team created a temporary shelter for internally displaced people that has already hosted nearly 600 women and children.
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A new report published by the Regional Gender Task Force (RGTF) , the leading advocacy and information and coordination platform on gender in humanitarian action in Europe and Central Asia, provides an in-depth analysis of existing evidence to increase understanding of gender and other social aspects and trends across the region.
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The war has widened gender gaps in food insecurity, malnutrition, energy poverty, and increased gender-based violence inside Ukraine and around the world.
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Jana Costachi is the State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Moldova. In the past, she has served as a public official and heading non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and networks focused on social policies, migration regulation, promotion of equal opportunities. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, she has been actively involved in managing the flow of refugees into Moldova and providing a prompt response to their needs. On the International Day of Peace, we spoke to Ms. Costachi about her experience supporting refugees and peacekeeping processes.
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Anastasia Perepylytsia, 44, is no stranger to displacement. In 2014, she had a stable job in finance and lived a normal life together with her husband and two children in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. But when the Russian army invaded her hometown, she had to flee with her family to Zaporizhzhia, a city situated on the banks of the Dnieper River in the southeast. When the war began in 2022, she had to leave again, relocating to Novovolynsk in western Ukraine. At first, she struggled to find employment, information or psychological support—until she came across UN Women’s ‘Community Mobilization for Empowerment’ project. Now, she is using her experiences of displacement to help others in similar situations adapt.
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Nina Cherlenuk is one of the millions of Ukrainians who have been forced to leave their homes since the beginning of the war in February. For women, a new city or country often means career changes – a new workplace, a new company, or an entirely new profession. However, in the context of war, the transition tends to be more complex.
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Anna Mazur is a founder of the Ukrainian career platform Happy Monday and the NGO Professionals of the Future. This summer, her team conducted research on the current state of the Ukrainian market: how many women are actively looking for work, which positions are most in demand, and which skills are necessary for success. With the support of UN Women, Mazur launched a career and psychological assistance project for Ukrainian women.
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As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have fled to the Republic of Moldova, looking for a safe shelter. Those involved face many challenges, including maintaining psychological balance. For this reason, many psychologists and psychoterapists have started organizing mental health sessions. One of these specialists is Elena Biceva, President of the Moldovan Association of Gestalt Therapy and Psychodrama, who organizes mental health sessions for public servants involved in refugee crisis response. She explains the role of psychological counselling in crisis situations, as well as how to prevent emotional burnout.
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Larysa Denysenko is a journalist, attorney, human rights activist and co-founder of the Association of Women’s Lawyers of Ukraine “JurFem”. Before the war, Denysenko and JurFem mainly advocated for women’s leadership in legal professions, provided mentorship and supported strategic court cases related to domestic violence and gender-based discrimination. Now, this has extended to representing the interests of those who have survived conflict-related sexual violence allegedly perpetrated by the Russian military in Ukraine.
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Currently, 15.7 million people in Ukraine are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and protection. Attacks on populated civilian areas and infrastructure continue in eastern and southern parts of Ukraine, endangering people’s lives and access to basic services. UN Women Ukraine has reprogrammed its activities to reach those women and men that are most in need of essential items not available in the territories experiencing the fiercest attacks in the eastern Donetsk region.
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Yaroslav, 19, is a young man from Odessa who fled to the Republic of Moldova at the beginning of March 2022, together with his family. He is passionate about music, computers and accounting. The young musician has had an atypical development and multiple forms of disability, and the bombing and stress caused by the war has dramatically undermined his health. Before the war, thanks to therapy, Yaroslav was able to walk on his own, with a little help. Now, he uses a wheelchair again.
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Adapted from a blog post by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women Olesia Bondar, Director of the Ukrainian Women’s Fund (UWF) spoke to the UN Trust Fund on how the current crisis is affecting Ukrainian women and girls, and the key role of civil society and women’s rights organizations play in the context of humanitarian and intersecting crises.
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After more than two months of war in Ukraine, which has forced millions of refugees and displaced people to flee their homes, a new Rapid Gender Analysis by UN Women and CARE reveals that women and minorities are facing immense hardship when it comes to health, safety, and access to food as a result of the crisis. In Ukraine, women are increasingly becoming heads of households and leaders in their communities as men are conscripted, yet they remain largely excluded from formal decision-making processes related to humanitarian efforts, peace-making, and other areas that directly impact their lives.
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More than 10 million people are already thought to have fled their homes in Ukraine because of the war, according to the UN. Today, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have fled over the border into Moldova. Through its EU-funded EVA project to promote gender equality in Cahul and Ungheni districts, in partnership with UNICEF, UN Women is working to ensure that humanitarian efforts consider the differentiated impact of the war on women and men, including those from the most vulnerable groups.
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Svetlana Babaș, 19, is a Ukrainian Roma woman who had to flee her home as a result of Russia’s military invasion in Ukraine. She shares her story as a young mother who was worried about her fast approaching due date while escaping war and her journey to safety in a temporary placement center for refugees in central Moldova.