Combating discrimination

«Gender sensitiveness of local policies and legal practices on internal displacement»

16.09.2019 – 08.08.2020

The grant “Gender sensitiveness of local policies and legal practices on internal displacement” has been implemented since September 2019 with the purpose to assess the situation in terms of gender mainstreaming in the work on the rights and interests of internally displaced persons and develop recommendations for local authorities, NGOs, businesses and lawyers. The pilot areas of the project were Kharkiv, Vinnytsia, Luhansk and Poltava regions. The project has been finalized with the release of six thematic publications in Ukrainian language. The materials will be useful for representatives of local governments, local authorities, judges, lawyers, specialists of free legal aid centers, civil society organizations and socially responsible business.

The project was implemented with support from The Council of Europe’s project “Internal Displacement in Ukraine: Building Solutions”.


«CEDAW Watch Tool»

January – March 2019

The main goal of the project was to develop and publish the CEDAW Watch Tool. For this a methodology was developed to monitor Ukraine’s compliance with its commitments to comply with the General Comments of the UN Committee on CEDAW. Based on the materials, a training concept was developed and a two-day training on the application of the methodology was conducted for selected CSO participants. As a result, the methodology was improved and published as a separate manual. The presentation of the CEDAW Watch Tool was held on 11th March 2019 in Kyiv.

This project was implemented in cooperation with the project “UN Women Ukraine CEDAW in action!” with the financial support of the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine / Canada’s International Development – Global Affairs Canada.

Women and Displacement in Ukraine

This project is an analytical report based on the results of the desk study and field study of the women IDPs rights in Ukraine and an overall assessment of the challenges these women face. The analytical report contains the monitoring of court decisions on IDP-related cases (taking into account the gender aspect of these cases); the analysis of government and local programs regarding the presence of specific steps to support women IDPs and their needs; the review of research conducted by international and local organizations in the field; the results of a field studies and interviews with women IDPs and humanitarian organizations in Luhansk and Donetsk regions, as well as in regions of mass displacement. Based on the processed materials, a number of guidelines have been developed for public authorities, local governments, the international community and civil society in Ukraine.

This project was implemented in cooperation with the non-profit organization DRA within the framework of the Working Group on Women’s and Gender Realities in the OSCE of International Platform “Civil Solidarity”, а саме — проекту «Strengthening Civil Society Cooperation in the OSCE Region in Regards to Security, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Gender Equality», namely the project “Strengthening Civil Society Cooperation in the OSCE Region in Regards to Security, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Gender Equality”, with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.

«Monitoring of court decisions on protection against gender discrimination, aimed at the application of Ukrainian legislation and international documents»

2016-2017 роки

The project was implemented to study the issue of gender equality and discrimination on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity in the Ukrainian judicial system. The practices of various courts in resolving disputes related to gender discrimination were studied for this research. The level of awareness of judges and defense attorneys about gender equality and human rights standards in this area was also studied. As a result of the monitoring, two reports were published and Guidelines for Judges on Identifying Cases of Gender Discrimination were developed.

The project was supported by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Fair Justice Project.