Women and Girls at Risk in Ukraine Emergency

After 100 days of war in Ukraine, women and girls need peace.

Women and girls in Ukraine need peace. Over 14 million people have fled their homes–half to neighbouring countries like Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland.

265,000 Ukrainian women are pregnant and 80,000 could give birth at any moment. These women need access to lifesaving prenatal and safe delivery care. We are on the ground delivering care so women can survive childbirth–even in a subway station, basement, bomb shelter, or refugee camp.

Even before the war and the COVID-19 pandemic, 2 in 3 Ukrainian women had experienced gender-based violence. Today, untold numbers of Ukrainian women and girls are at risk. We are there, working to ensure women and girls can be safe at home, even as their country is under attack.

As the humanitarian needs escalate, we need your support to reach vulnerable women and girls with lifesaving care.

Updates on the War in Ukraine

An OB/GYN from Ukraine shares a harrowing story of childbirth.

We are supporting women and girls in by:

  • Positioning supplies and distributing dignity kits so women and girls, especially survivors of violence, have access to specialized care;
  • Managing a national hotline where people can report gender-based violence and a virtual mental health counseling service where they can access care;
  • Coordinating with ten shelters, eight crisis rooms, three day care centers, and nine services delivery points across Ukraine so they have the support and supplies they need;
  • Operating mobile health clinics so we can deliver care in areas with intense fighting or that are otherwise difficult to reach;
  • Working across the region so those who have fled Ukraine do not lose access to care when they need it most.

Conditions in Ukraine have remained difficult since the outset of the war. The World Health Organizaiton has confirmed hundreds of attacks on health facilities, including the March 11 bombing of a Ukrainian children’s hosptial and maternity ward. But this only means that women and girls need us now more than ever. Deliver lifesaving care to women and girls in Ukraine. Donate today.

Our Work in the Region: Spotlight on Moldova

UNFPA Moldova’s Representative, Nigina Abaszadeh, spoke about what life is like for Ukrainian women and girls in refugee placement camps.

In Moldova, we are supporting Ukrainians in 70 refugee placement camps. We have distributed more than 5,000 dignity kits to women and girls in the placement camps and across Ukraine. The kits provide them with everything they need to manage their period, even in a time of immense uncertainty.

To ensure women can survive childbirth, we are positioning reproductive health emergency kits, which equip a midwife with supplies she needs to guide 45 pregnant women through safe deliveries. We have also deployed a mobile health clinic to meet sexual and reproductive health care needs in the hardest to reach areas. We continue to deliver essential medicines, supplies, and equipment for safe delivery care and obstetric emergencies. We are especially concerned about the potential for violence and are working to scale up support for survivors. Violence against women tends to increase during emergencies.

Our Work in Ukraine

People seek shelter inside the basement of a local police station after explosions at a military depot in Svatove in Luhansk region, Ukraine, October 30, 2015. At least two people were killed due to explosions at a local depot with more than 3,000 tons of munition, according to local media.

For the last eight years, we have been reaching millions of women and girls living in the shadow of conflict in eastern Ukraine. This has taken a devastating toll on their wellbeing and further exposed them to violence and abuse. 

Even before then, we have been expanding access to lifesaving sexual and reproductive health care across Ukraine for decades. We have reached communities including girls living with disabilities, elderly women in difficult to reach areas, and survivors of violence. We are there for every woman and girl, delivering the care and support she needs.

Now, as women and girls flee for safety, unsure of when or if they will be able to return home, your support is desperately needed.Pregnancy, birth, and menstruation do not stop for crises. A contribution today can ensure that a pregnant women have access to prenatal and safe delivery care, even while on the move. *You can provide girls with menstrual products, even as this emergency restricts the supply of these products to her home town. And, you can deliver medical care and legal counsel to survivors of violence so they can rebuild their lives.  

Thank you for being there for every woman and girl in emergencies like Ukraine, no matter what.  

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