Japan and UN Women cooperate to strengthen resilience of Ukrainian refugee women and girls in Georgia, Poland and Slovakia


Istanbul, Türkiye - The Government of Japan and UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (EACRO) have launched a project aimed at empowering Ukrainian refugee women and girls and promote gender accountability of the refugee responses in Slovakia, Poland and Georgia.

The one-year multi-country project on "strengthen the resilience of the most-vulnerable Ukrainian refugee women and girls in hosting countries" aims to provide the most vulnerable and at-risk women and girls refugees from Ukraine with socio-economic, protection and educational support, and strengthen their longer-term resilience and self-sufficiency.

The project will also support the key local stakeholders, including host government bodies, women-led and women-right organizations (WLO/WROs) and refugee-led organizations to integrate gender into their refugee response programs and to promote the linkages with the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.

Under the project led by UN Women ECARO, women refugees in the three countries will be provided with training to improve their opportunities to generate income, including by accessing child-care and education support for their dependents. Similarly, refugee women will receive psychosocial, digital literacy, ICT training and job placement support to address protection needs and secure livelihoods by becoming a part of digital workforce.

The project aims at responding to the needs of Ukrainian refugees in host countries through a people-centered, context-specific and prevention-oriented approach. The project will strengthen fundamental rights by addressing a wide range of gendered needs and vulnerabilities in a comprehensive manner, thus contributing to peace and development in line with the human security approach.

UN Women, as co-lead of the Regional Gender Task Force, has contributed to the Regional Refugee Response Plan under the Refugee Coordination Forum (RCF). UN Women is an active member of inter-agency Regional Refugee Response Plan led by UNHCR, in support of host governments.

The Embassy of Japan in Georgia congratulates on the launch of this project and it will not spare no efforts to support the implementation of the project in its capacity. Japan attaches importance to the promotion of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) initiative to protect human dignity, as one of its major foreign policies. I wish this project would offer an opportunity for Ukrainian refugee women and girls to live a fulfilling life in the host country.

Mr. Hideki Ishizuka, Ambassador of Japan in Georgia
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Georgia Mr. ISHIZUKA Hideki

Assistance to the most vulnerable Ukrainian refugee women in Poland is still one of the most pressing issues in the country. The government of Japan is delighted to cooperate with UN Women and look forward to their activities focusing on women’s employment, childcare and protection issues.

Mr. Akio Miyajima, Ambassador of Japan in Poland
Mr. Akio Miyajima, Ambassador of Japan in Poland

Approximately 140,000 Ukrainian refugees have sought protection in Slovakia since March 2022, with a majority being women and children, therefore It's heartening to see this regional project supported by the Japanese government will also be implemented in Slovakia. Promoting the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda and its linkages with the refugee response through women’s participation is critical to build a diverse society. I would like to appreciate the tireless efforts of UN Women in this endeavor.

Mr. Yasuhiro Kawakami, Ambassador of Japan in Slovakia
Mr. KAWAKAMI Yasuhiro, Ambassador of Japan in the Republic of Slovakia

We are proud to launch this project with the Government of Japan, which underscores our commitment to promoting gender accountability and supporting the most vulnerable women and girls affected by the conflict.  This project exemplifies our dedication to a people-centered, context-specific approach that addresses the fundamental rights and needs of Ukrainian refugees, contributing to peace and development in the region.

Belén Sanz Luque, UN Women Regional Director for ECA
Belen Sanz Luque, Regional Director of UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Office.

This project, generously supported by the Government of Japan, targets the unique adversities of women and girls from Ukraine. Our goal is not only providing aid but empowering them towards a resilient and sustainable future. Collaborating with local stakeholders and aligning with the Regional Refugee Response Plan, we are dedicated to fostering a gender-sensitive, inclusive environment for these refugees focusing on innovation, technological change, and education for gender equality. We also hope that the project offers an opportunity for Ukrainian refugee women and girls in the recovery and reconstruction of post war.

Kaori Ishikawa, UN Women Representative in Georgia
UN Women Country Representative Kaori Ishikawa

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