Project profile — Supporting Emerging Women Leaders


National Democratic Institute
2019-03-29 - 2023-07-31
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• Ukraine (100.00%)


• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (70.00%)
Human rights (15160) (10.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (20.00%)

Policy marker 

• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Disability (significant objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)


This project aims to improve the lives of Ukrainian women and girls through more inclusive and representative policymaking. It seeks to address individual barriers by training women candidates for elected office, organizing leadership training and mentorship opportunities, and encouraging women to advocate for change within their parties. The project aims to tackle socio-cultural barriers by launching a public relations effort targeting Ukrainian citizens. This campaign would support developing a consolidated platform to educate the public and encourage greater gender equality. It would also address the public and opinion makers through multiparty and cross-sectorial advocacy. The project works directly with political party leaders to help them better understand the concerns and priorities of women and other marginalized groups and to incorporate those concerns into the policymaking process. It does so while encouraging them to institutionalize gender equality mechanisms within individual parties. In response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, they adapted certain project activities address new immediate needs and protect previous development gains. Canada’s development partners in Ukraine pivoted project activities to respond to the evolving context in several ways, such as providing emergency supplies, equipment and services, mental health support, transportation, and accommodation. The beneficiaries, scope, expected results and geographic location of project activities may have changed from the original description.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) increased women’s political agency, particularly their ability to run for office and influence policies as party members, candidates, and elected officials; (2) improved effectiveness of national, regional, and local alliances and networks advocating for gender-sensitive policy change and implementation in Ukraine; and (3) increased responsiveness of Ukrainian parties, movements and coalitions to the priorities and concerns of women and other marginalized groups as constituents and party members.

Results achieved 

Results achieved at the end of the project October 2023 include: (1) trained 434 coaches (336 women) from 8 political parties to mentor women candidates seeking political office and looking to run successful campaigns; (2) organized a women’s leadership academy for aspiring women leaders and candidates. 61% of women who participated in the academy ran for office, with 33% being successful; (3) facilitated the establishment of 54 Gender Focused Caucuses (GFCs) through the Ukrainian Women’s Fund. The GFCs helped deliver gender-responsive governance and community-level responses to both COVID-19 and the full-scale Russian invasion; (4) contributed to adopting 17 gender-responsive policies at the municipal level by organizing alliance-building and networking events for political parties; and (5) 86% of targeted political parties, movements, and coalitions started reporting on affirmative steps to remove barriers to women and marginalized groups participation through numerous advocacy campaigns.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
30-10-2023 Disbursement $180,420
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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