Today, a new project of international organizations has been presented in Zaporizhzhia. According to the Project, the community mobilization for empowerment will be implemented in 5 amalgamated territorial communities of the region within the next 3 years.
Representatives of UN agencies, such as UN Women, UNDP, the United Nations Population Fund, and others, shared about the Community Mobilization for Empowerment and how it would benefit Zaporizhzhia communities.
This approach was developed and initially implemented by UN Women in Moldova, and for the past two years it has been implemented by the Ukrainian Women's Fund in 20 communities of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.
Ms Dominika Stojanoska, Programme Specialist of UN Women Ukraine: “Community Mobilization for Empowerment is a powerful tool for addressing inequalities and discrimination and engaging women and men from local communities, including the most excluded ones. It creates the possibility for women and men to express their needs and choices and transform them into desirable actions and outcomes. For the two-year implementation of the methodology, 58 self-help groups have been established in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. A total of 364 women and 52 men have engaged in local planning, where they could actively advocate for the development of community support services that are relevant to the community members”
In the previous project, the Community Mobilization for Empowerment approach was applied to address inequalities and discrimination, engage beneficiaries (including women's groups and other agents of change, such as men and boys), and improve living conditions of the poorest and most excluded and socially vulnerable women facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination. The Community Mobilization for Empowerment plays an important role for effective community participation in service delivery, local development, recovery and security decisions.
Natalia Karbowska, Director of Strategic Development of Ukrainian Women's Fund said that the new Project that will operate in Bilenke, Komyshevaha, Ostrykivka, Komysh-Zorya and Hirsivka amalgamated territorial communities, will also aim at creating initiative groups (self-help groups): “Group participants will complete training, conduct the analysis of community needs and develop action plans for addressing identified problems in partnership with local authorities, involving private sponsors or international donors”.
Advancing Human Rights and Gender Equality through Community Mobilization for Empowerment is implemented by the Ukrainian Women's Fund in the framework of the following UN Women funded projects: Building democratic, peaceful and gender equal society in Ukraine, Gender equality in decentralization and law enforcement reforms, and the EU-funded Joint Programme of UN Women, UNDP, FAO and UNFPA on EU Support to the East of Ukraine - Recovery, Peacebuilding and Governance.