Support for women and girls affected by war: list of initiatives available in Ukraine
March 4, 2022

Support for women and girls affected by war: list of initiatives available in Ukraine


Since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, more than 3 million Ukrainians – the vast majority women and children – have fled to neighbouring countries. Another 160,000 people have been internally displaced across Ukraine amid freezing winter temperatures. The UN estimates that 54 per cent of people in need of assistance from the ongoing crisis are women, and evidence shows that women and girls are disproportionately affected by conflict.

There are many initiatives supporting women and girls affected by the war in Ukraine, ranging from major international organisations to small civil society actions. We have gathered a list of some of them below:

  • Support for pregnant women throughout Ukraine, created by doulas. You can find midwives all over Ukraine online.
     
  • Humanitarian (financial) assistance to women and children affected by the current war from NGO “Girls” – providing targeted support to families in Irpen and the areas mostly affected by the Russian invasion (inhabitants of Irpen, Bucha, Vorzel, Hostomel and Kotsiubynske). People in need should fill in the following form. This is direct financial support for families with children – 1000 UAH (around €35) for food, medicine and hygiene products. 
  • Free meals for refugees and volunteers in the city of Vinnytsia by social enterprise ‘Good Cake’.
     
  • Psychological support by the Institute of Cognitive Modeling. More here and here.
  • Psychological assistance to Ukrainians during the war (Assistance is provided through practitioner psychotherapists).
  • Svitlana Roiz and the Ministry of Education and Science made the project “Psychological care” for children. (How to take care of a child if you are in a shelter? How best to talk to a child during an evacuation? How to choose the words if one of the parents went to war?).
  • Channel with audio tales for children who are in a shelter or cellar, with no internet connection. Audio can be downloaded and used offline.
  • La Strada-Ukraine, online hotline for parents to get free consultations from psychologists to assess the overall condition of the children and get support: 
    • Telegram – @CHL116111
  • The Ukrainian Network for the Children’s Rights, together with UNICEF, is launching a support line for children, families and social workers. Specialists who will work on the line will provide informational support to families with children, in particular: foster families, family-type orphanages, families in difficult family circumstances, in particular those raising a child with a disability, any family with children in need, as well as social workers, employees of the Children’s Services, employees of other structures who accompany families and take care of children in boarding schools. It is planned to set up a multi-channel line, which will be announced separately. In the meantime, women in need can call the following numbers:
    • Kyivstar: +380675679845; 
    • Lifecell: +380636614252; +380633994592; 
    • Vodafonе: +380953271521
  • Services operating within the framework of UNFPA Ukraine continue to provide free psychological support to Ukrainian women. The National Hotline for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and Gender Discrimination is online. You can get psychological support 24/7 on the following pages:
    • Skype – lastrada-ukraine 
    • Telegram – @NHL116123
  • The psychologists from the career hub “Розірви коло” are ready to support women to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Consultations available via Messenger, Viber, Telegram and phone.
    • Marina +38 098 996 97 90
    • Eugene +38 097 314 53 83
    • Martha +38 050 371 40 55 (Lviv – offline)
    • Natalia +38 098 929 75 53 (Lviv – offline)
  • The Volunteer Initiative “Protection of Children of Ukraine” has launched an online platform with free lessons for children and psychological help. Thanks to the service, children all over Ukraine who have access to the Internet can study with teachers in real time. Volunteers from abroad are also joining. Psychologists from Israel will teach psychologists from Ukraine. Training description, schedule of classes, registration form – follow the link.
  • ‘People in Need’ offers psychological support to people affected by the war. The hotline works 24/7, is confidential, anonymous and free of charge from any operator: 0800 210160.


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