Mobilization of IDP Women against Domestic and Gender-Based Violence

As of 16 May 2016, the structural units of social security departments of regional and city administrations have registered 1,780,946 internally displaced persons (IDPs) or 1,439,428 families from Donbass and Crimea.

Pain of leaving your home, emotional and physical trauma, loss of ties with homeland, family, children, and parents, horror and problems of adaptation did not go unnoticed for IDPs. Late and incomplete response of the state to the problems caused by war and ongoing anti-terrorist operation in the east of Ukraine increased and entrenched all forms of violence against IDP women. Families of IDPs, host communities as well as other IDPs may pose a danger to some IDP women. The Project is a response to the challenges faced by IDPs and helps reduce violence against women in Ukrainian society in general.

Objective: To prevent and respond to violence against women in Ukrainian society.

Regions: the Project will be launched in 10 regions of Ukraine, including Kyiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Poltava, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Odessa, Kharkiv, Cherkassy and the city of Kyiv for three years (the regions of Ukraine hosting the biggest number of IDPs).

Activities:

The Project will cover research on prevalence of GBV among IDPs and the needs of women affected, as well mobilization of IDP women, that will unite IDP women of 10 regions around the problem of gender-based violence at the local level and empower them with new knowledge and skills to actively contribute to solving the problems concerned. Advocacy campaign is an important component of the Project to ensure the impact of IDPs initiatives on regional policies. The Project will allocate sub-grants for 7 GBV prevention initiatives of IDP women that would cover 10 influence regions of the Project. In 2017, the rehabilitation center for IDP women and children who survived domestic and gender-based violence will operate in Kyiv region.

Project implemented in cooperation with Analytical Centre “Socioconsulting” with financial support from the European Commission in the period 2016-2018.

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