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


Warsaw, Poland - The Government of Japan and UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) 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.

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

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.

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