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Women veterans in Ukraine strengthen their movement amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Friday, October 23, 2020

Today, the Women Veteran’s Movement in Ukraine has become a formally recognized non-governmental organization and, as COVID-19 reaches into every aspect of society, the movement is now helping women veterans to stay safe.

HeForShe Congress equips Ukraine’s businesses with the tools to create gender-sensitive workplaces

Friday, October 16, 2020

The aim of HeForShe Congress this year was to provide Ukrainian businesses and private sector partners with the understanding and tools on how to practically promote gender equality in their work and to change the corporate culture.

In the words of Oksana Nikiforova: “Rural women has a strong will for change”

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Oksana Nikiforova was displaced shortly after the armed conflict broke out in eastern Ukraine in May 2014. Trying to provide her five-year-old daughter and newborn son with a safer place to live, she left Luhansk without any prospects for her future. Nikiforova and her family changed several cities in Ukraine, applied for refugee status in Poland and finally settled down in Novoaidar, a small town in Luhansk region. Five years after fleeing her home, Nikiforova decided to start a new life and take matters into her own hands. She mobilized a women’s self-help group and created an NGO to change her community and meet women’s needs.

Call for applications: Small grants for women-led and human rights civil society organizations

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

UN Women Ukraine plans to award small grants to eligible civil society organizations (CSOs) in the range of USD 2,500 to USD 20,000. Small grants are intended exclusively to finance a limited range of eligible activities to develop or strengthen the institutional capacities of women-led and human rights CSOs.

Press release: Hundreds of women’s rights advocates from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus demand systemic change to realize women’s rights for an equal future

Monday, October 5, 2020

On 6 October, feminists and women’s rights advocates from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus are coming together in a virtual consultation to assess the progress achieved towards commitments made in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Digital campaign challenges Ukrainians to rethink gender based violence during a pandemic

Monday, September 21, 2020

A clever new digital campaign in Ukraine challenges perceptions of gender-based violence. The campaign was devised in response to a recent perception survey, which revealed that prevailing social attitudes provides fertile ground for gender-based violence to persist in the country.

Ukraine becomes a member of the Biarritz Partnership for Gender Equality

Monday, September 14, 2020

On 12 September Ukraine formally became a full member of the Biarritz Partnership for Gender Equality, a global coalition championed by the French government aimed at achieving the full empowerment of girls and women around the world.

Women health-care professionals at the heart of the COVID-19 response in Ukraine

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

For the last four months, health-care workers have been at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. To save the lives of others, they are forced to work in extremely challenging conditions – often without proper rest and endangering their own health and lives.

Take Five: “People may come and go, but sustainable institutions ensure that gender policies stay on track”

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Dmytro Kuleba is the Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine and a HeForShe advocate. In 2019, when he became the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, he was tasked with coordinating the country’s gender equality policy.

UN Women, UNFPA and EU launch ambitious initiative for gender equality in Eastern Partnership

Monday, July 13, 2020

With support from the European Union, the two UN sister agencies will work with government bodies and civil society partners in six countries to challenge deeply ingrained gender stereotypes, increase men’s involvement in domestic work and childcare, and engage with potential perpetrators to prevent gender-based violence.

In the words of Olena Hryhoriak: “The issues of violence and discrimination should not be silenced”

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Olena Hryhoriak is a feminist and LGBTI activist who fights discrimination and hate crime. As a regional coordinator of the LGBTI organization Insight in Chernivtsi, western Ukraine, Olena promotes safe, positive, and inclusive environments for all.

Take Five: “The violence against LGBTI activists and women have the same root causes”

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Maryna Usmanova is a director of the charitable foundation Insha (Other), a Ukrainian LGBTI and women’s rights organization. Over the past five years, the organization implemented advocacy projects to promote fundamental rights, gender equality, tolerance, and social inclusion. Insha was also part of the coalition ‘Kherson without violence’, which initiated a crisis centre for victims of domestic violence in Kherson city in southern Ukraine.

In the words of Olena Nebeska: “I want everyone to know the importance of their human rights”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Olena Nebeska left home in Luhansk just days after the conflict in the eastern Ukraine started in May 2014. She left behind everything, including the six enterprises she managed, and moved to the small village of Bobrovo, with a population of 350. A UN Women training helped her learn more about her rights as a citizen and act upon them.

In the words of Iryna Korliakova: “I want people to feel safe in their communities – even in the toughest times”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Iryna Korliakova, 48, fled her hometown in eastern Ukraine in 2014 to escape from the violent conflict and settled in the small town of Svatove. She hasn’t let her displacement despair her and she got actively involved in the life of her community.

Ukrainian women’s voices amid the COVID-19 crisis

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

We are featuring the diverse voices of women in Ukraine, especially those from the most vulnerable groups, to hear and relay their stories and their efforts to help others during COVID-19 pandemic.

Augmented reality app shines a spotlight on Ukrainian women artists

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

On March 13, UN Women Ukraine presented the central project of HeForShe Arts Week 2020 - an augmented reality (AR) gallery app highlighting artwork by Ukrainian women artists of the past and present.

HeForShe honours Ukrainian women artists with an historical award

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

UN Women and the Ukrainian Institute have created an annual award to recognize women in the arts because they have largely been an invisible part of cultural history. As the award gains popularity, the aim is for the winners to inspire a new generation of Ukrainian women artists.

International Women's Day around Europe and Central Asia

Monday, March 16, 2020

On and around International Women’s Day, 8 March, a rich diversity of initiatives celebrate women and girls, their limitless imagination, their joyous dreams and their boundless strength across Europe and Central Asia. UN Women, along with partners, organized events across the region, under the theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, putting innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality.

Anastasiia Yeva Domani: How a transgender woman in Ukraine fought for her rights and discovered the activist within her

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Anastasiia Yeva Domani is a transgender woman from Ukraine who became an activist for transgender rights after fighting for her own right to transition with dignity.

Take Five: “As women environmentalists, we are here to prove that women can do anything”

Monday, December 23, 2019

Anastasiya Martynenko is a 33- year-old eco-activist and founder of the NGO o’Zero, which teaches people how to live in an environmentally friendly way. Over time the idea spread, and the now well-known Zero Waste Alliance was born. The Alliance operates in different cities across Ukraine. Last autumn, Martynenko and partners opened the first physical zero waste store in Ukraine.

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