The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation in Ukraine
In our Ukraine programme, we support organisations focusing on the needs and rights of diverse women, including LBTQ women and women with disabilities. Partner organisations of Kvinna till Kvinna work in both big and small cities, in the west where majority of internally displaced persons are settled and closer to the frontline in the eastern parts of Ukraine.
Why we work in Ukraine
Ukraine has been affected by war since 2014 and Kvinna till Kvinna has been supporting women’s rights organisations ever since then. As all wars, the war in Ukraine has specific consequences for women and Russia’s full-scale invasion has created a large-scale humanitarian crisis with millions of displaced people, of whom women are the majority.
The expertise in meeting the needs of diverse women, including LBTQ women and women with disabilities during the conflict is many times lacking in the general humanitarian response. Gender-based violence, including domestic violence and conflict-related sexual violence, is a major threat to the security of women, and women’s rights organisations play a crucial role in responding to it, offering life-saving support to women victims/survivors.
How we support women in Ukraine
Kvinna till Kvinna’s partner organisations provide lifesaving and gender sensitive support to rights holders. They already have the trust of women, who feel that they can seek help and process traumatic experiences and they also have a unique competence in working with a do-no-harm approach. This is of utmost importance in not causing further traumatisation for survivors.
Apart from direct financial support to partner organisations, Kvinna till Kvinna facilitates exchanges between Ukrainian activists and activists working in other conflict-affected countries, contributing to knowledge, inspiration, and a sense of solidarity for partner organisations that often find themselves disconnected and isolated in their work.
Kvinna till Kvinna also provides support to partner organisations in their work with influencing important decision-making processes. In 2023, Kvinna till Kvinna went to Brussels with a delegation of women activists from Ukraine to meet with actors related to Ukraine’s EU candidacy, demanding for women’s rights to be part of that process.