The Kyiv Institute of Gender Studies started the initiative implementation “Those Who Stayed: Women`s Social and Economic Rights in Kyiv and Chernihiv regions Affected by the Fighting” within the project “Supporting the activities of the Ukrainian National Platform of the EaP CSF in 2021-2023” that is carried out by the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER) with the financial support of the European Union.
The expertise of the Ukrainian Trade Union of Workers in Tourism, Spa areas and Hotel Industry was involved in the implementation.
Name of the initiative: Those Who Stayed: Women`s Social and Economic Rights in Kyiv and Chernihiv regions Affected by the Fighting
Organisations: Kyiv Institute of Gender Studies (WG5 UNP)
Duration of the project: 11.07-10.12.2022
The goal: to conduct an analysis and provide recommendations on ensuring the social and economic rights of women in the conditions of prolonged hostilities, using the example of the communities of the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions, including the de-occupied ones.
Svetlana Vnuchko, Ukrainian Trade Union of Workers in Tourism, Spa areas and Hotel Industry:
One of the consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian war in 2022 was a rapid increase in the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine. According to the UN definition, IDPs are persons or groups of persons who were forced or were forced to leave their homes or places of habitual residence, primarily due to the need to avoid the consequences of military conflict, manifestations of violence, human rights violations. A significant number of women and children are among them. However, a significant number of people stayed at home. Many of them are women, particularly with dependents who are difficult to transport. The main task of women who find themselves in the conditions of occupation of a village or city is to preserve the life and health of themselves and their families. It is more difficult for a woman in the conditions of war, because she is more likely to become the object of violence from physically stronger people who may want to take possession of property, deprive her of food or drinking water or the family members for whom she is responsible, rape her for the purpose of showing dominance.
Having survived and withstood several months of such complex psychological, economic, and sometimes physical pressure and occupation, women return to a peaceful life. They become an important force for the restoration of a full-fledged life in their communities, including in the areas most affected by hostilities, in particular, the liberated Kyiv region and Chernihiv region.
Implementation of the initiative will include field and analytical stages during which interviews will be conducted with representatives of the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions, processing of the received materials and an analytical report will be prepared.
The results of the implementation of the initiative will be sent to stakeholders, as well as presented during meetings and events (conferences, round tables) related to the topic of the initiative.
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Сергій Нуженко, Радіо Свобода
The initiative is implemented within the framework of the project “Support to the activities of the UNP EaP CSF in 2021-2023”, funded by the European Union, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum and implemented by the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting