Supporting women affected by the war in Ukraine
THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF UKRAINIAN PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SHATTERED BY THE RUSSIAN INVASION.
Two months since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, more than 11 million people have fled their homes. 90% of the nearly 5 million people seeking refuge in neighbouring countries are women and children as most of the men have stayed behind to fight the war. The besieged port city of Mariupol has faced relentless bombardment by Russian forces killing thousands of civilians and forcing many more to flee.
Through our sister organisation, Žene za Žene International, we have identified one of our first priority partners on the ground, “Bereginia” – Mariupol’s Women’s Association. A part of their team escaped the incessant bombing in Mariupol, one of whom is their Vice President, Kateryna. Our team met with her in Poland where she shared her harrowing 72-hour journey of fleeing from Mariupol.
Kateryna shared how the survivors that were evacuated from Mariupol spent weeks in shelters and cellars without access to water, heating or food and are severely traumatized from their experience. Some of the women have been raped and subjected to sexual violence.
Through Berginia and HumanDoc Foundation in Poland, we are working to provide holistic and comprehensive care to 320 women and children evacuated from Mariupol. Services include a safe space for their rehabilitation, medical care including psychological and gynaecological consultations with doctors.
Beyond their immediate critical needs, as they begin to adapt to a new life in a new country with their children, we are also looking to provide them with legal counsel, access to Polish language learning courses and vocational skills so they can become financially independent.
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Conflict reponse fund
WORKING WITH LOCAL PARTNERS TO RESPOND TO THE CRITICAL NEEDS OF WOMEN SURVIVORS OF WAR
Women for Women International has served women survivors of war for 30 years, helping to rebuild the lives of more than 500,000 women across the world. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and we hope you will lend us your support. In addition to Ukraine, our Conflict Response Fund supports women through partners in Syria, Ethiopia and Myanmar.
Seida Sarić, Director of Žene za Žene International
Seida and her team are leading on the Ukraine response
”Women for Women International was founded amid war in Europe 30 years ago. As you can imagine, the catastrophe of the Russian invasion reminds us of those days. We know what war is and how people helped us during that time. We also saw the power of bringing women together from across ethnic divides to provide practical and psychosocial support and to build peace. Political leaders have been stoking ethnic tensions once again in our own region and we are scared because the war in Ukraine threatens to reignite a conflict in our own country that we hoped was behind us. Nevertheless, we feel it is our time to return the support we received and to help the women of Ukraine.”
subtitle: In 2018, we launched a new conflict response fund — a separate funding pool to more rapidly help women who are caught in the current horrors of our time. To reach women in their most critical moments, we work with partners who can respond to conflict and
In 2018, we launched a new conflict response fund — a separate funding pool to more rapidly help women who are caught in the current horrors of our time. To reach women in their most critical moments, we work with partners who can respond to conflict and make an immediate impact.
When war and insecurity take hold, women bear the heaviest burden of violence, poverty and inequality. Learn more about why supporting women survivors of war is so important.
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