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War Heroines of Ukraine – International Women’s Day (Online)

8 March, 2022 @ 3:00 pm 4:30 pm

[Online event]
Join us on International Women’s Day 2022: War Heroines of Ukraine
Dedicated to the Bravery, Resilience and Strength of the Women in Ukraine


This year’s IWD activities are marked with the war outbreak in Ukraine-Europe, and its wider impact on the global defense, development, and security issues. While the male-dominated political decision-making has failed to maintain security and peace in the continent, women of Ukraine have emerged as our heroines since the early days of the war outbreak. They:

  • > took to the streets demonstrating against the war,
  • > joined the call of their leaders to defend their country and
  • > stood up to take care of their families and others.

This characterizes their bravery, shows resilience and symbolizes their strength. The testimonies emerging from Ukraine are a tale of untold stories of heroic courage and wisdom of women in Ukraine and across the border.

The event:

An online consultation would record and respond to the needs of women in Ukraine. By hearing from the war heroines on the ground, event organizers and participants would prepare a response to channelize humanitarian assistance to local women and their organisations. The event would assess the current commitment required to collect and distribute money in this emergency situation and whether there is a need for vigilance and advocacy in this regard. A multi-stakeholder expert panel will help widen the narrative by addressing the concerns of women’s organizations in Ukraine.  The event hopes to instrumentalize the building and strengthening of a network of international actors in support of assessment of women’s needs in rapid assistance mechanisms. By doing so, the event contributes to furthering the interaction between Ukrainian and international actors.  

The need for humanitarian assistance is growing as food supplies are disrupted and infrastructure destroyed. Most of the refugees are women and children, except those who are able to stay back and defend their country, while others have physically been unable to leave Ukraine. All women in Ukraine are heroines and must be supported and recognized as full recipients of rapid humanitarian assistance.


In solidarity, Gender Concerns International, WIDE+ and the Humanity Hub wish to show their support to the women in Ukraine by organizing an online event that serves as a platform for the voices of activists from the country and calls upon their supporters and well-wishers to come forward and stand with War Heroines of Ukraine.


  • Natalia Lynnyk, Committee of Voters of Ukraine
  • Olena Suslova, Women’s Information Consultative Center
  • Olena Lazorenko, League of Professional Women
  • Sabra Bano, Gender Concerns International
  • Gea Meijers, WIDE +
  • Darina Schram, Gender Concerns International


15:00-15:03      Welcoming by Humanity Hub (Janet H. Anderson)
15:04-15:09      Opening: Gender Concerns International, and WIDE+
15:10                Introduction to the Panel
15:15-16:00      Panel Discussion
16:00-16:20      Q&A
16:20-16:30      Closing remarks /joint statement


About Gender Concerns
Since 2018 Gender Concerns International is actively involved with democratic development in Ukraine. In 2019 it conducted its Pre-Election Gender Need Assessment Mission with the goal to observe Gender Electoral Parity in the Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Gender Concerns International is the only European and International Organization that strives to observe and promote gender parity in the democratic processes.

About Humanity Hub
The Humanity Hub is a not-for-profit foundation that supports and strengthens the Hague ecosystem for a more peaceful and just world. We connect and enable collaboration between diverse actors working to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Active programming reflects the international impact of our vibrant community. More about the Humanity Hub


Angelica, Gender/Democracy Watch Europe, angelica@genderconcerns.org