21 May 2020
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A counsellor delivers services via online platform. Image courtesy of Ternovyy Viktor
KYIV, Ukraine – Oleksandra’s* ex-husband was waging a quiet war against her, she says, one that escalated under quarantine. She lives in the same apartment as her ex-husband and their two children. Sharing that space... Read more
15 April 2020
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Calls to the National Hotline on Combatting Domestic Violence increased by more than 25 per cent in the first two weeks of quarantine. © La Strada Ukraine
KYIV, Ukraine – One by one, countries facing lockdowns and movement restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are reporting alarming increases in domestic abuse. For too many women, safety from the virus is not safety... Read more
6 April 2020
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A boy at home in the Donetsk Region of Ukraine. People are urged to stay home to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and health services are being scaled down. © UNICEF/UN0243125/Morris VII Photo
KYIV, Ukraine – As the number of COVID-19 cases nears 1,500 in Ukraine, UNFPA is urgently distributing medical kits containing disinfectant and personal protective equipment (PPE). Bohdan Pidverbetskyi, a UNFPA... Read more
12 June 2019
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Participants in the ‘Beauty for All’ course show off their new skills at a graduation ceremony in April. Photo courtesy of L’Oréal
KYIV, Ukraine – Not long ago, Olena* feared for her life and for her children. For years, husband assaulted her physically and sexually. He threatened to kill her if she ever left. But she found the strength to protect... Read more
17 January 2019
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More than 50 UNFPA mobile teams are currently working in the country, serving thousands. © UNFPA/Maks Levin
SLOVIANSK, Ukraine – “We had been together for 12 years, but over a year ago, he started battering me,” Anna* described, recalling her husband’s increasingly erratic behaviour. Then a few months ago, he threatened her... Read more
1 December 2015
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KRAMATORSK, Ukraine - Zhanna*, 36, is an HIV-positive mother of two in the conflict-affected Donetsk Region of Ukraine. She says she contracted HIV from her former partner, a man who beat and raped her. Her candour... Read more
13 September 2018
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The first-ever comprehensive study on men's gender views in Ukraine finds that one in ten men believe women should tolerate violence to keep their families intact. © UNFPA Ukraine / Maks Levin
KIEV, Ukraine – As low birth rates, vast outflows of young migrants, and devastating conflict in the east corrode economic progress in Ukraine, another threat looms. According to a landmark study initiated by UNFPA, a... Read more
7 June 2017
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UNFPA mobile teams have reached thousands of survivors of gender-based violence in Ukraine. © UNFPA/Maks Levin
IZIUM, Ukraine – Things started to fall apart for Mariana* when she was forced to flee fighting in the Donetsk region in 2016. She and her father camped on the doorsteps of social services centres until they managed to... Read more
9 December 2016
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A member of the mobile team meets with Tetiana in her temporary accommodations in Kharkiv. © UNFPA/Denys Panchenko
KHARKIV, Ukraine – Tetiana* and her husband were abducted and savagely abused after conflict broke out in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine. After months of torment, they and their nine children were driven from their home... Read more
17 August 2016
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UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd looks at a shelled building in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. © UNFPA Ukraine/Maks Levin
This spring, humanitarian, writer, actor and UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd travelled to Ukraine. During her weeklong trip, she met with survivors of gender-based violence and internally displaced women and girls... Read more

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