The response to Russia’s military assault on Ukraine is yet another example of how the international system fails to acknowledge and promote the incredible work of civil society organizations like women’s rights organizations (WROs), women-led organizations (WLOs), and young people’s groups. These groups play critical roles in crisis response, despite their efforts lacking both political and financial support.

This policy report has been developed in collaboration with 28 ActionAid partners working in the Ukraine response. It provides practical recommendations to help humanitarian actors, donors, and governments shift away from traditional humanitarian mechanisms towards adapting transformative and inclusive ways to reach those in need.

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Authors: Jara Henar, Niki Ignatiou, and Francisco Yermo
Copy Editor: Rowan Dent
Design: Katy Abbott
Date published: February 24, 2023
Number of pages: 31

Support Those in Crisis Fleeing Ukraine

More than three million people have fled their homes to escape conflict and violence in Ukraine. Around 75% of the refugees are women and girls, who are most at risk to gender-based violence and exploitation, during conflicts and emergencies. ActionAid is working with local partners in Poland, Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine to ensure that the needs of all people escaping conflict in Ukraine are met and that they receive equal support and protection.