March 2018

New EU-funded project will promote women’s contribution to peace-related and prevention processes

The NGOs from Ukraine and Lithuania have presented a new European Union funded project that will cover 5 oblasts of Ukraine. The Project “Women as agents of change, peace building and conflict prevention at the grassroots level in Ukraine” will contribute to the development and effective implementation of regional action plans for the implementation of the National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 Women, Peace and Security through 2020.

“We hope the Project will bring together the government, civil society and media in target regions to join efforts in creating effective tools for engaging women in peace building processes. Needless to say, the government is interested in adopting best practices and experience, which, I am sure, will be developed within the Project. After all, the government can and should ensure the future sustainability of project results,” Kateryna Levchenko, Governmental Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy, said.

“Ukraine, as one of the UN countries, is obliged to comply with the Security Council resolutions. The Ukraine’s government adopted the National Action Plan for the implementation of UNSCR 1325. Our Project will facilitate the successful implementation of the document and the commitments undertaken by Ukraine,” Serhiy Polyuk, Sector Manager on Health and Welfare at the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, said.

Project Manager Natalya Karbowska said: “Based on the experience of other countries that have been implementing the principles of Resolution 1325 for almost 20 years in specific policies and actions, enhancing women’s participation helps reduce aggression and restore peace. We are happy to have access to the best world practices and will certainly incorporate them when working with partners at the national and regional levels. However, the Project will allow each oblast to determine their own approaches and priorities and adjust existing action plans accordingly”

The purpose of regional action plans is to ensure women's participation in the formulation and implementation of local policies. The Project will facilitate the cooperation between civil society, expert community and local authorities responsible for these tasks, and build a strong team. The Project will operate in Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Luhansk and Khmelnytskyi oblasts through January 2020.

For additional information contact Mykola Yabchenko at press@uwf.org.ua or call +38 067 290 55 01.

Background Information:

Project “Women as agents of change, peace building and conflict prevention at the grassroots level in Ukraine” is implemented by the Ukrainian Women’s Fund in partnership with the Women’s Information and Consultative Centre (Ukraine) and the Centre for Equality Advancement (Lithuanian Republic). The Project focuses on increasing women’s participation in peace-related and conflict prevention processes by supporting local authorities and civil society organizations in developing, implementing and monitoring regional and local action plans for the implementation of the National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 “Women, Peace and Security” through 2020.

See also

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Women’s Voice and Leadership Ukraine project is a five-year initiative that aims at increased enjoyment of human rights by women and girls, and the advancement of gender equality in Ukraine.
April 2018
Regional Forum on “Advancing Human Rights and Gender Equality through Community Mobilization for Empowerment (CME) in Ukraine“ is taking place on 24-25 April 2018 in Sviatohirsk, Donetsk region. During the Forum women and men from 20 communities of Donetsk and Luhansk regions will share their experience of applying the Community Mobilization for Empowerment methodology, as well as results and lessons learned of its piloting by the local governments and women’s self-help groups in Eastern Ukraine.
February 2018
The Ukrainian Women's Fund launches a new program in Moldova and announces a contest for the position of the Program Coordinator with the experience of work in non-profit organizations.