The impact of COVID-19 is deeply gendered. Gender-conflict analysis and women’s and girls’ human rights should therefore be at the centre of short- and long-term global responses and recoveries to COVID-19, future pandemics and crises. As a result, GAPS and 22 partners in 10 countries conducted research into the impact of COVID-19 on peace, security and gender inequality. This report, undertaken by Nasnaga and International Alert outlines the impact of COVID-19 on gender equality, peace and security in Ukraine, and makes recommendations for response to this pandemic and to future crises.
International Alert and Charitable Foundation Nasnaha, with the support of Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) and funded by UN Women and the UK government, undertook qualitative research in Ukraine on the impacts of COVID-19 and of responses to the pandemic on gender equality, peace and security. The research will enable the Government of Ukraine and members of the international community to understand the experiences of grassroots organisations involved in the implementation of the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organisations consulted as part of this research included those focusing on: women’s and girls’ rights; prevention of violence against women and girls (VAWG); support to ethnic minorities; men and women living with disabilities (and mothers of children with disabilities); resource centres; sexual and reproductive health (SRH); LGBTQI communities; people living with HIV/AIDS; media; and education.
The primary research methodology was key informant interviews using a semi-structured questionnaire. This was developed in a participatory manner between Alert, Nasnaha and GAPS to ensure that terminology would be clearly understood by interviewees. Interviews took place with organisations operating in 14 oblasts (regions) in Ukraine (Volyn, Lviv, Vinnytsia, Odesa, Chernihiv, Kyiv, Cherkasy, Mykolayiv, Kherson, Poltava, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhya, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk) and included organisations working along the line of contact but not in non-government controlled areas. For safety reasons the participant organisations are not named in this report, but all project partners are grateful for their time, knowledge and expertise