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85 5 1The theme of the International Women's Day in 2018 is on rural women and girls who make up over a quarter of the total world population and represent approximately 43% of the agricultural labour force. Every third woman in Ukraine lives in a rural area. Rural women and girls, in addition to facing multiple forms of discrimination directed against them as women, often suffer from multiple forms of discrimination in connection with their place of residence, age, disability, displacement, ethnic background or other factors. Empowering rural women and girls is key to the well-being of individuals, families and rural communities in the world and Ukraine.

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UN in Ukraine observes 20th anniversary of Model United Nations in the country

On March 23-25, United Nations in Ukraine observed 20th anniversary of Model United Nations in the country by holding a conference for organizers and active participants of Model United Nations from all over Ukraine. Participants had a chance to model two United Nations bodies – General Assembly and Security Council. Pupils and young participants modelled the work of the General Assembly while students focused on the work of the Security Council. More than 200 students and youth from different regions of Ukraine took part in the Conference. In addition to modelling the General Assembly and Security Council participants established a platform for sharing information on upcoming Model UN conferences in their schools and Universities as well as other educational opportunities on Facebook page – Model United Nations Ukraine.

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People we work for

Inna Urtaieva was 30 years old, and pregnant with her son when she had to leave her home town in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine when the armed conflict broke out in April 2014. Urtaieva moved to her parent’s house in Levsuh, a small village of around one thousand inhabitants in Luhansk region, a Government-Controlled Area, leaving behind her husband and career as a police officer.

The conflict has led to instability, profound insecurity and had a detrimental impact on human welfare/ Women and girls are disproportionally affected by the on-going conflict.The social support services have collapsed or decreased, leaving many women to care for the older, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable family members, thus limiting their employment opportunities.

Three years after fleeing her home, Urtaieva became part of a women’s self-help group in her village. After learning about gender-responsive planning and budgeting, through trainings supported by UN Women, Urtaieva and other women became inspired to contribute further to the community through creating a non-governmental organization.

Inna Urtaieva 675x450Urtaieva, who has a master’s degree in law, took a lead in providing legal support for the registration of the NGO. “I really feel needed,” says Urtaieva and hopes that she has now found her path to serving her community and providing for her son.

UN Women and partners applied the community mobilization for empowerment methodology in conflict-affected areas, mobilizing women and men from vulnerable groups for their increased participation in decision-making processes regarding local development, services, recovery, and community security.

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News from UN Agencies, funds and programmes

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

“Until we have at least 30% of women in policy- and decision-making, we will not have enough support to push for reforms in healthcare, education and social services sectors. And that’s what I am also fighting for,” says Liubov Maksymovych, Lviv-based feminist and head of Centre Women’s Perspectives. In 2015, she launched Rukomysly Handicraft, a social enterprise aimed at creating jobs for socially vulnerable women. It was also under Liubov’s leadership that Women’s Perspectives, with UNDP support, has turned into a hub for civil society organizations. More information

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United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

UNFPA held trainings on the development of a national system for preventing and responding to gender-based violence in Kharkiv, Severodonetsk, Mariupol, Kryvyi Rih, Berdyansk, Kramatorsk, Zaporizhia and Kyiv.Following this, two study visits to Romania were held for interagency response teams in five oblasts bringing together representatives of the social, legal assistance and justice, health, and police institutions.The project "An Integrated Approach to Addressing the Problem of Violence against Women and Girls in Ukraine" is funded by the Government of the United Kingdom. More information

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, Mr. George Okoth-Obbo, concluded a week-long visit to Ukraine, where four years of conflict have displaced an estimated 1.5 million people. Mr. Okoth-Obbo has called for enhanced actions to address the plight of conflict-affected persons and secure their rights, including access to pensions and freedom of movement. More information



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United nations children's fund (UNICEF)

On 29 March 2018, UNICEF and UNFPA joined efforts with the Government of Ukraine, and in particular, three partner ministries, two associations of local governments as well as the National Youth Council joined efforts to launch the ‘Child and Youth Friendly Municipalities Initiative’ in Ukraine. More information




Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

On 26-27 March, the Humanitarian Development Nexus (HDN) workshop was held in Kyiv, which brought together over 60 representatives from the government, humanitarian and development actors as well as international financial institutions. The workshop fostered a common understanding around HDN, and developed three applicable collective outcomes for Ukraine to move forward in the areas of access to essential services, livelihoods and critical infrastructure.




United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine

On 19 March the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine launched its new quarterly report on the human rights situation in Ukraine, stressing on the systemic lack of accountability for human rights violations. The report presents disaggregated data on conflict-related civilian casualties that occurred between 16 November 2017 to 15 February 2018. More information



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United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

On 13 March, UNV gathered 40 representatives of disability associations, international organizations, government, civil society organizations and businesses at a workshop sharing experience how to involve persons with disabilities in the organizations’ workforce. Held in Kyiv, the workshop also reflected on the deployment of an International UN Volunteer with disability in Ukraine, which is scaling up globally under the “UNDP-UNV Talent Programme for Young Professionals with Disabilities”.



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Students learned on universal declaration of human rights

To observe the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of human rights United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission held a lecture for students of Kyiv British school on fundamental human rights. After inspiring lecture and a series of questions students started working on the group projects related to defending human rights in different areas. More information

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Educational visits to the UN House

UN in Ukraine held four educational visits to the United Nations office in Ukraine in March. Educational visit is a uniques chance for students to learn on Sustainable Development Goals, work of the United Nations in Ukraine. volunteering and opportunities for youth supported by the United Nations. In March students from Kyiv, Nizhyn, Poltava, Kryvyi Rig and Pokrovsk visited UN House.


Interviews and op-eds


UNHCR Representative Pablo Mateu met with Veselka TV


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Three myphs about tolerance in Ukraine


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In eastern Ukraine, a platform for recovery


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New Publications

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Catalogue of best youth practices work in Ukraine

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Children at the heart of the community

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Socioeconomic impact and needs assesment in Donetsk and Luhansk region

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The United Nations in Ukraine works with the Government and the people of Ukraine to build a culture of dignity, through understanding of and respect for human rights, towards a peaceful and transformed Ukraine.

The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Ukraine is composed of representatives of 18 UN funds and programmes, specialized agencies and other UN entities accredited to Ukraine as well as representatives of the Bretton Woods institutions.

All members of the United Nations system in Ukraine - the FAO, ILO, IOM, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNOCHA, UNODC, UNOPS, UNV, UN Women, WHO, and the World Bank - are united by one collective vision and approach which aims to better meet the needs of the population, including the new and more demanding humanitarian, socioeconomic, governance, security and political needs in the short, medium and long-term.

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