Women are key to peace, Anastasia and Svitlana

Anastasia and Svitlana were internally displaced due to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. They met in their new peaceful town and decided to join forces to improve the lives of those affected by the conflict. In their new community, they now help other internally displaced people restore documents, get social assistance, find housing. This story is a part of the UN Women campaign Women Are Key to Peace realized with the financial support of Norway, Sweden, Canada, Denmark and the European…

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Olena Shavkun - UN Women in Ukraine (EN Subt)

Date: Wednesday, 19 April 2023

Olena Shavkun was compelled by the Russian occupation to flee her native Krasnohorivka in the Donetsk region. Olena and her family eventually relocated to Lukashevo in the Zaporizhzhia region, where she is now the organization's coordinator for "Safe Space for Women and Girls."

Watch the video of Olena's story and her journey from the owner of a small shop in the Donetsk region to the founder of the shelter.

Swedish circles - UN Women in Ukraine (EN Subt)

Date: Wednesday, 19 April 2023

A conversation and experience-sharing method known as Swedish circles were introduced in Safe Spaces in the Zaporizhzhia area. As a result, the women had the chance to share their experiences and communicate, as well as learn new skills that enabled them to launch their own businesses and advance in their first steps.

Watch the video for more details about Swedish circles' format and participants' feedback about their own experiences.

Economic security - UN Women in Ukraine (EN Subt)

Date: Wednesday, 19 April 2023

Special focus is given to women's economic opportunities, including financial literacy and business planning, as part of the "Safe Spaces for Women and Girls" campaign. After all, simply having a business idea in a new location is clearly insufficient. Watch the video to learn how Safe Spaces participants develop new skills to improve their own economic capability.

Psychologic security - UN Women in Ukraine (EN Subt)

Date: Wednesday, 19 April 2023

The war in Ukraine significantly impacted everyone's lives.

One of the most important needs of internally displaced women and girls is psychological safety. Before the "Safe Spaces for Women and Girls" project in the Zaporizhzhia Region was launched, this was the conclusion reached by the UN Women in Ukraine team.

Watch the video about the project's implementation and the participants' feedback .

UN Women launched the "Safe Spaces for Women and Girls" pilot project in Ukraine

Date: Wednesday, 19 April 2023

UN Women launched the "Safe Spaces for Women and Girls" pilot project in Ukraine in September 2022. The project is based on the Global Initiative "Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces," which has been creating, putting into practice, and assessing strategies to reduce complex sexual violence against women and girls in public places for more than ten years.

UN Women is working to adapt this campaign to the local environment in collaboration with women's rights…

Women in Arts. The Resistance Award 2023

Date: Wednesday, 29 March 2023

For the fourth year in a row, UN Women and the Ukrainian Institute hosted the Women in Arts. The Resistance Award to highlight the achievements of Ukrainian women working in culture and the arts and to celebrate their contribution to victory. The winners were announced on March 7, on the eve of International Women's Day 2023.

“Women in Arts” is an independent award founded in 2019 by the Ukrainian Institute and UN Women Ukraine as part of the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender…

Strength, courage, faith, courage - all this is about Ukrainian women

Date: Friday, 24 March 2023

Strength, courage, faith, courage - all this is about Ukrainian women. Our mission is to talk about it every day, but today is a special day.

Women volunteers, artists, doctors, scientists, defenders, leaders and activists are united today as never before. Faced with the threats and horror of war, they stand in line with dignity!

About 60,000 women are currently in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 5,000 of them take part in active combat operations, and millions more…

If not us, then who? UN Women in Ukraine tell the stories of women leaders during the war

Date: Monday, 13 June 2022

Despite all the horrors and difficulties of the war, millions of Ukrainian women keep working to bring victory closer. Every day they serve to the community and volunteer. The women save people’s lives, provide civilians and the army with food, medicine, and care. They advocate for crucial decisions, coordinate work and heal their communities. Thanks to the courage and strength of such women, Ukraine’s is protected, and a free future becomes closer. This manifesto was created by UN Women…

Provoked? Violence is a crime – call the police

Date: Monday, 6 June 2022

Often, it is agreed that it is more difficult for men to control their anger by nature. Only 59% of people will call the police if they see a man beating up his wife/partner. "Sprovokuvala? (Did she provoke?)" campaign aims to challenge the victim-blaming attitudes, raise awareness on gender-based violence and gender stereotypes in Ukraine.

This video is produced in the framework of the United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme implemented by four UN agencies: UNDP, UN…

Hundreds of women community mobilizers across Ukraine unite communities for positive change

Date: Monday, 5 July 2021

Community Mobilization for Empowerment (CME) is an effective method for getting members of any community mobilized and actively involved in local decision-making. The process assists vulnerable women and men to understand their rights, build up their personal capacities, strengthen their links with other community members, and identify priority actions that will contribute to ensuring their rights are fulfilled. The CME methodology has been successfully used and applied in several districts…

New Scars interactive theatre tells stories of domestic violence survivors in Ukraine

Date: Tuesday, 15 December 2020

The New Scars project collected real stories of Ukrainian women, and their physical and psychological wounds. The audience learned about these stories through various art forms, including theater, television, as well as co-created their own theatrical performance in an interactive game format with multiple endings on https://scars.org.ua/. The premiere of the performance "New Scars" took place on November 25 at Dovzhenko center in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Women are key to peace, Olga’s story

Date: Saturday, 5 December 2020

Olga Martynenko is the head of the infectious disease department at the Central hospital in Druzhkivka, Donetsk region in Eastern Ukraine. She used to treat the wounded soldiers during the active fighting, and now leads a team of women in the fight against COVID-19. This story is a part of the UN Women campaign Women Are Key to Peace realized with the financial support of Norway, Sweden, Canada, Denmark and the European Union.

Women are key to peace, Maryna’s story

Date: Friday, 4 December 2020

Maryna Danylova, elementary school teacher from Slovyansk (conflicted-affected city in Eastern Ukraine), used to support Ukrainian troops with basic needs and helped organize presidential elections in the community in 2014. Now she supplies books from Ukrainian publishers to the soldiers and exchanges literature between the battalions. This story is a part of the UN Women campaign Women Are Key to Peace realized with the financial support of Norway, Sweden, Canada, Denmark and the European…

Women are key to peace – Iryna’s story

Date: Thursday, 3 December 2020

Iryna Kovalenko is a public mobilizer in Siversk in Eastern Ukraine, and an entrepreneur who, together with like-minded women, takes steps to return her community to normalcy after the conflict. She builds playgrounds, employs local women in her bakery, and is running for local office. This story is a part of the UN Women campaign Women Are Key to Peace realized with the financial support of Norway, Sweden, Canada, Denmark and the European Union.

Women are key to peace, Oksana’s story

Date: Friday, 13 November 2020

This is the story of Oksana Rusanova, a physics lecturer at the Donetsk University, who had to flee her city due to the conflict. Now she is teaching physics at the Children’s Science Club, where she helps students build robots, conduct experiments, and even build bridges. She also teaches students to solve conflicts and be aspiring leaders. This story is a part of the UN Women campaign Women Are Key to Peace realized with the financial support of Norway, Sweden, Canada, Denmark, and the…

HeForShe Congress 2020: How leaders drive change in corporate values

Date: Monday, 5 October 2020

In Ukraine, HeForShe Congress, an event which unites progressive businesses around the theme of gender equality and non-discrimination, takes place for the third time. This year, the congress is held online and includes 5 thematic videos which will provide businesses with practices and cases to help them realize gender equality. The first video is “How leaders drive change in corporate values,” where StarLightMedia and Ferrexpo Poltava Mining executives discuss the new business era with…

HeForShe Congress 2020: Why businesses should invest in women's potential

Date: Sunday, 4 October 2020

In Ukraine, HeForShe Congress, an event which unites progressive businesses around the theme of gender equality and non-discrimination, takes place for the third time. This year, the congress is held online and includes 5 thematic videos which will provide businesses with practices and cases to help them realize gender equality. In this second video, our speakers explain how and why businesses are already creating internal and external programs to support women's growth, for instance, SAP’s…

HeForShe Congress 2020: Why businesses should be a safe space for workers

Date: Saturday, 3 October 2020

In Ukraine, HeForShe Congress, an event which unites progressive businesses around the theme of gender equality and non-discrimination, takes place for the third time. This year, the congress is held online and includes 5 thematic videos which will provide businesses with practices and cases to help them realize gender equality. In the fourth video of the HeForShe Congress 2020 social restaurant Urban Space 500 and the Ukrainian IT company talk about how safe space helps their teams be more…

HeForShe Congress 2020: What are the KPIs for gender equality in businesses

Date: Friday, 2 October 2020

In Ukraine, HeForShe Congress, an event which unites progressive businesses around the theme of gender equality and non-discrimination, takes place for the third time. This year, the congress is held online and includes 5 thematic videos which will provide businesses with practices and cases to help them realize gender equality. The fifth video of the HeForShe Congress 2020 is “What are the key performance indicators (KPIs) for gender equality in businesses,” where we discuss why gender…

Provoked? Harassment is not a compliment

Date: Saturday, 23 May 2020

35 per cent of the Ukrainians believe that unwanted touching, stroking, hugs and other actions of a sexual nature from an unknown person is not a sexual violence. Another 73 per cent are sure whether jokes and hints of a sexual nature from a stranger is considered a sexual violence. Sprovokuvala? (Did she provoke?) campaign aims to challenge the victim blaming attitudes, raise awareness on gender-based violence and gender stereotypes in Ukraine. The video is produced in the framework of the…