Protect and empower Ukrainian women and girls

Published on 4 March 2022

UN Women is gravely concerned with the intensification of the military offensive in Ukraine. 

By the end of the first week, already one million Ukrainians, a vast majority of whom are women and girls, had fled their homes and sought refuge in neighbouring countries. At least 160,000 people have been internally displaced across Ukraine amid frigid winter temperatures. 

These numbers are expected to increase significantly within the current context, which will reverse the important progress made on gender equality and women’s rights in Ukraine as well as in neighbouring countries.

UN Women stands in solidarity with the women of Ukraine, including those who had to flee their homes and separate from their loved ones, those who stayed to provide humanitarian support in extremely difficult circumstances and at great risk, and the women human rights defenders and activists who are making their voices heard in calling for peace.

We are committed to supporting Ukraine’s people, especially its women and girls, at this time of greatest need.

The current situation jeopardizes the safety of all Ukrainians and puts women and girls in particular at increased risk of sexual and gender-based violence - especially those who are refugees or otherwise displaced from their homes.

UN Women is working closely with women’s civil society organizations, the UN Resident Coordinator, and the UN Country Team in monitoring the situation to determine how to best continue to deliver on the ground. In Moldova, our team is planning targeted interventions and developing our humanitarian response for Ukrainian refugees.

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