Project profile — Supporting Emerging Women Leaders


2019-03-29 - 2021-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh


The project aims to improve the lives of Ukrainian women and girls through more inclusive and representative policymaking. The project addresses individual barriers by training women candidates for elected office, organizing leadership training and mentorship opportunities, and encouraging women to advocate for change within their own parties. Socio-cultural barriers are addressed through a public relations effort aimed directly at Ukrainian citizens, support for the development of a consolidated platform to educate the public and demand greater gender equality, and through multiparty and cross-sectorial advocacy aimed at the public and at opinion makers. 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, as well as to institutionalize gender equality mechanisms within their individual parties.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased women’s political agency (defined as 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 to advocate for gender-sensitive policy change and policy 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 as party members.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2020 include: (1) enhanced capacity of 164 trainers (of which 122 women) from five leading political parties to train women interested in seeking political office how to run successful campaigns; (2) strategic advice provided to four out of five political parties on the emerging needs of women candidates; (3) improved citizen understanding of the benefits of achieving gender equality and diversity in political representation, as evidenced by the fact that 65% of citizens support greater gender equality in political life; and (4) public awareness of the benefits of equal participation of women in politics was also increased by the third Annual Ukrainian Women’s Congress, which was attended by 600 women leaders, including top government decision-makers.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
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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