Ukraine: Conflict compounds the vulnerabilities of women and girls

The ongoing war in Ukraine continues to take a toll on the well-being of millions of women, girls and young people.

Access to livelihood opportunities and basic services, including life-saving sexual and reproductive health care and information, has been severely disrupted. Gender-based violence is also pervasive, but cases continue to be under-reported.

As winter has set in and humanitarian needs continue to grow, UNFPA is working with its partners to scale-up the delivery of essential services for women and girls. Mobile clinics and psychosocial support teams are providing reproductive health services and psychosocial support in hard-to-reach areas of the country. Safe spaces and online services to support survivors of gender-based violence are being expanded. Life-saving reproductive health, medical and hygiene supplies are also being distributed to health facilities across the country.

UNFPA is also present in the Republic of Moldova and other neighbouring countries, responding to the protection and health needs of refugees, including women and girls, and supporting vulnerable refugees to get through the cold season.

UNFPA urgently needs flexible financing to scale up its operations in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. Most urgently UNFPA needs financing to provide essential medical supplies and deploy further trained personnel to deliver life-saving services. The combined funding needed for 2023 is $99 million. This includes $70.1 million for support inside Ukraine and $28.9 million for the refugee response, out of which $21 million is for Moldova, and $7.9 million is required for other countries affected by the crisis, including regional coordination and technical assistance.

Updated 11 January 2023

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