United Nations Population Fund

Response to acute humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable women and adolescent girls affected by armed conflict in eastern Ukraine

Phase II: Bridging humanitarian interventions with response to lingering consequences of the crisis

Project Background and Description

Conflict in eastern Ukraine has affected around 5.2 million people. Many were forced to flee their homes and most of the internally displaced people (IDPs) moved to safer parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions or neighboring Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia regions. IDPs, the majority of whom are women, children and disabled, remain the most vulnerable to discrimination, violence and abuse.

In January 2015, UNFPA commissioned in-depth Needs Assessment in 16 oblasts of Ukraine that confirmed that IDPs face various forms of violence including threat with weapon, intimidation, psychological and sexual violence. With the deterioration of humanitarian situation, gender-based and domestic violence prevalence rates have increased and remain a serious concern.

The Humanitarian Response Project is addressing humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable women and female adolescents affected by armed conflict in eastern Ukraine through strengthening multi-sectoral coordination, protection and prevention systems and enhancing access of GBV survivors to legal, health and psychosocial services.

Project Objectives

-  Scaling up national multi-sectoral response to GBV including prevention, mitigation and management of GBV cases

-  Providing inclusive access to quality psychosocial and SRH services and fostering the environment supportive to GBV survivors

Project Coverage

The Project is implemented in Kyiv and 5 regions of eastern Ukraine: Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia

Project Partners

Project activities are implemented directly by UNFPA with the support of Ukrainian Government (Ministry of Social Policy and Ministry of Health) and through Project implementing partners:

Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health

Woman Health and Family Planning

La Strada-Ukraine

Ukrainian Centre for Social Reforms

Project Results and Achievements

Enhanced multi-sectoral coordination of humanitarian response to GBV

-  GBV sub-cluster established in Kyiv and 5 eastern regions: Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia. The sub-cluster includes over 100 organizations and is leading the process of development of regional Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on inter-sectoral cooperation and referral

-  Ministry of Social Policy supported with 2 experts (GBV Policy Advisor and Legal Expert) to strengthen its leading role in responding to GBV

-  Development of GBV Monitoring and Analysis System initiated through

(1) comprehensive GBV survey

(2) establishment of GBV Information Management System Working Group

-  Capacity development of partners enhanced through

(1) 5 workshops on Gender Equality in Humanitarian Action

(2) 5 workshops on multi-sectoral response to GBV

(3) 2 study-tours (focused on MSR to GBV) to Romania for Ukrainian policy-makers

Enhanced capacities of primary healthcare providers to address sexual and reproductive health needs

-  10 emergency service delivery points established and 3 medical mobile teams launched close to the contact line to ensure emergency post-rape assistance, provision of family planning services, prevention and treatment to STIs, HIV prevention, emergency post-rape assistance, as well as essential medication availability

-  24,500 individual dignity kits, 543 reproductive health kits, 75.000 gynecological kits, 30 multifunctional hospital beds and 8,600 packages with warm clothes delivered

-  765 healthcare practitioners trained on provision of medical services to GBV survivors including 209 obstetrician-gynecologists trained on comprehensive management of GBV cases

-  over 7 million male condoms to prevent STIs and HIV transmission and 40,000 pregnancy tests distributed among vulnerable population

-  32 fetal monitors and 6 infant incubators delivered to maternity hospitals, allowing saving of up to 900 prematurely born infants

Enhanced capacities of service providers to address needs of GBV survivors and persons at risk

-  26 mobile teams (with 2 psychologists and 1 social worker) provide psychosocial support with over 23.075 GBV survivors in more than 400 locations served as of September 2017

-  178 psychosocial workers trained on GBV prevention and response

-  596 police officers in affected regions trained on SGBV management

-  "Hotline" for GBV survivors now available 24/7 - 63.139 calls received and 18.575 legal and psychological consultations provided since January 2016

Safe space solutions created to address safety and recovery needs of GBV survivors

- three 24/7 shelter for GBV survivors launched (in Kharkiv, Berdiansk and Kryvyi Rih) providing women with safe space (up to 6 months), as well as psychosocial, legal and medical support

- 148 GBV survivors found safe space, psychosocial, legal and medical support in 3 shelters

Raised awareness on GBV issues and available response services among target population

-  290,000 information materials on GBV awareness distributed in over 3,400 locations, including 89,800 GBV referral cards with contact information about service providers

-  10 roundtables and trainings to sensitize regional media on reporting GBV cases conducted within "Break the Circle" campaign

- 300,000+ people reached via “Break the Circle” FB and VK social media campaigns

Community-based GBV prevention actions supported in selected municipalities

-  18 NGOs working with GBV survivors provided with mini-grants and 21 centers of social services supported with technical assistance

Project Contacts

Assistant Representative: Pavlo Zamostian zamostian@unfpa.org

Programme Manager: Liudmyla Shevtsova shevtsova@unfpa.org

GBV Sub-Cluster Coordinator: Olena Kochemyrovska kochemyrovska@unfpa.org  


Photos: Maks Levin/UNFPA Ukraine

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