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Combating Violence Against Women and Girls in Emergencies: Webinar Series for Shelters in Ukraine and Neighboring Countries

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VOICE Amplified, in partnership with the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), has developed a 3-part webinar series for partner organizations in Ukraine and neighboring countries.

The purpose of the webinars is to provide a better understanding of the problem of violence against women and girls (VAWG) among Ukrainian war refugees and support their needs and recovery.

A recording of webinars on practical steps to combat violence against women and girls in crisis situations in English and Ukrainian is available here.

The series includes three consecutive webinars:

  • Introduction to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) – Key Concepts: An overview of the different types of such violence and why it occurs, highlights the types of VAWG Ukrainian women experience and are at risk. It will also look at how the risks of VAWG increase during times of crisis and displacement and implement principles for dealing with those who have experienced violence.
  • Reducing the risks of violence against women and girls. This session will present VAWG risk mitigation strategies and provide recommendations for risk mitigation. VAWG in shelters and service delivery.
  • Critical services, including medical services needed to respond to VAWG.

These webinars will focus on the different types of support and services needed to respond to VAWG, with a particular focus on post-rape medical services and kits. We will look at the principles of working with those who have experienced VAWG and are going through various scenarios of how to put these principles into practice. Together with colleagues and a friend from VOICE, we developed training materials and conducted a series of webinars for shelters and temporary homes in Ukraine and countries hosting refugees.

Read also:

VOICE: Regional Assessment Report “Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine”

Recording of a webinar series on countering gender-based violence