Project profile — Women of Ukraine: Heard, Capable and Resilient


PACT Inc.Assheton L. Stewart Carter
2019-03-25 - 2024-02-15
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• Ukraine (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

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


The project aims to increase the fulfilment of human rights for women and girls, advancing gender equality in Ukraine. The project seeks to build the capacity of 65 women’s rights organizations (WROs) and supports 40 advocacy campaigns through delivering small grants. The project promotes the inclusion of the women’s movement into a broader reform agenda and national development processes by engaging a diverse range of stakeholders, including non-government organizations, local authorities, key decision-makers, media, trade unions and religious organizations. In response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, they adapted certain project activities to address new immediate needs and protect previous development gains. The implementing partner 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. Project activities include: (1) establishing and strengthening organizational and technical potential capacities of five women’s rights organizations to become inter-regional centers of excellence (hubs); (2) empowering five hubs to cascade down capacity development support to local women’s rights organizations; (3) providing support to 73 local women’s rights organizations within the ‘Superpower for Women’s rights organizations’ program launched by the project; (4) increasing access to funding for the local WROs through various funding mechanisms supporting advocacy campaigns, gender-sensitive research, promotion of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment; and creating issue-based coalitions for supporting human rights.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes of this project include: (1) improved management and sustainability of local women’s rights organizations in Ukraine; (2) enhanced performance of women’s rights organizations programming and advocacy to advance gender equality in Ukraine; and (3) increased effectiveness of national, regional, and local women’s platforms, networks and alliances effecting gender-sensitive policy change and policy implementation in Ukraine.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) 5 project hubs and over 30 % of local women’s rights organizations (WROs) beneficiaries demonstrated high involvement in developing important state policies, including the State Strategy for Ensuring Equal Rights and Opportunities for Women and Men for 2021-2030 and the National Action Plan for the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325; (2) 5 project hubs managed to mobilize 14 local WROs to provide humanitarian support to 11,648 women and children most affected by the war during the first three months after Russia’s invasion. This included distribution of food, medicine, and hygiene supplies, and furnishing and equipping shelters for temporary housing and provision of psychological support services; (3) conducted over 400 mentoring activities for local WROs, including 98 group and 319 individual mentoring sessions during year 4. 61 local WROs received individual and group consultations, and 12 more WROs received other types of mentoring support, namely short-term training, webinars, and support on coordination. The project applied a balanced approach by implementing capacity development activities, resource mobilization and volunteering initiatives, advocacy for women's participation in decision-making and provision of psych-emotional support; (4) awarded 21 grants in year 4, allowing 21 unique organizations (including Hubs and local WROs) to focus on the most pressing needs of their constituencies, including advocacy support for internally displaced women and women living in de-occupied territories, policy dialogue with host communities to enhance integration of displaced people, promotion of economic opportunities and increased access to services. Some of the completed grants have resulted in the adoption of important policy documents and economic programs by local communities and the establishment of facilities for almost 1200 beneficiaries, including 75 rural women, 11 women with disabilities, internally displaced women, young women, and girls (17), 227 mothers of three and more children, 8 senior women, 30 women released from prison, 12 Roma women and other groups affected by the war and living in difficult life circumstances; and (5) completed the development of the Strategic Information Portal on Gender Equality, updated with the latest available statistics, and presented it to the public. As of March 31, 2023, more than 1.1K visitors viewed data on the portal.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $362,500
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
13-12-2023 Disbursement $292,319
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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