International Women’s Day in Solidarity with Ukraine

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day, a day celebrated globally to highlight the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. We stand to champion the efforts and achievements of women in the face of discrimination, adversity and conflict. 

Today, and in the days that follow, it is important to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian women impacted by socio-political crisis, and we wish to raise awareness of how we can help in this time of conflict. As men between the ages of 18 and 60 remain in Ukraine to fight the Russian forces, the majority of refugees leaving Ukraine are women and children.

Ukrainian women’s lives are at risk as a result of this attack, facing discrimination, socio-economic uncertainty and violence. We have compiled a number of avenues in which you can express your support for this conflict to help Ukrainian women and children in their pursuit of peace and security.

Here are some of the ways in which you can support women in Ukraine.

Donate to funds prioritising the support and protection of women and girls, both internationally and at the grassroots level.

UN Women has established a fund to address the needs of Ukrainian women and girls, by working closely with women’s civil society organisations, the UN Resident Coordinator, and the UN Country Team to deliver aid on the ground. 

Save The Children, the UK based organisation has developed the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund to provide children and families with food, water, hygiene kits, psychological support and cash assistance. 

Host A Sister, an online community that started in 2019 to help women and nonbinary individuals find free accommodations, has pivoted to a community helping refugees. Transport a Sister, started by a member of the Host a Sister, is organising transport for people fleeing from Ukraine free of charge.

CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund aims to rush water, food, and hygiene kits to four million Ukrainians, especially women and children.

Global Empowerment Mission, in partnership with BStrong, is using donations to pay for basic necessities, relocation assistance and stability housing.

This list is not exhaustive, and highlights few of many avenues in which you can express your support and stand in solidarity with Ukraine on IWD. Aside from women and children, vulnerable communities such as BIPOC Ukrainian refugees, disabled Ukrainians, and LGBTQ people are being discriminated against at the borders of Ukraine. We pay our deepest respects to those affected by war in this time, and our thoughts to those facing injury, uncertainty or fear. Women feel first-hand the devastating impact that war has on their families and their communities, providing service to their families, their peers, and as professionals and as members of the military community at RFS, we stand united to #BreakTheBias and #SupportUkraine.

 

Below are links to the mentioned charities and organisations;

UN Women; https://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/in-focus-gender-equality-in-covid-19-response?gclid=Cj0KCQiAmpyRBhC-ARIsABs2EAp36l_d_uElIH0If7yFpyvR1Fxr4CeyP4o1HbB6VDtn7K3_MUgwPf4aAmsZEALw_wcB

 

Save the Children:

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/?cid=pse-gp_A17038001-go_001-8B98797FQ&ppc=true&matchtype=e&s_keyword=save%20the%20children&adposition=&s_kwcid=AL!9048!3!548437156779!e!!g!!save%20the%20children&&ppc=true&matchtype=e&s_keyword=save%20the%20children&adposition=&gclid=Cj0KCQiAmpyRBhC-ARIsABs2EAqm62r5YwnNmceIrN7rGhJ0DV2zWMNB975ipTImQqKxRYw2kR4Y8FgaAq97EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

Host a Sister;

https://www.facebook.com/groups/hostasister/about/

 

CARE;

https://www.care.org/news-and-stories/news/ukraine-emergency-how-you-can-help/

 

Global Empowerment Mission;

https://www.globalempowermentmission.org/mission/ukraine-crisis/

 

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