Ukraine Donations Go Further and Faster with Women's Funds
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Ukraine Donations Go Further and Faster with Womens Funds
3/30/2022 by Alexandra Garita and Elizabeth Barajas-Román
Womens funders cannotand will notstand by as women, girls and other marginalized people once again face the brunt of risk, trauma and tragedy.
People, mainly women and children, make their way through Medyka border crossing after journeying from war-torn Ukraine on March 30, in Medyka, Poland. Women, children and LGBT+ people face particularly high threats of violence during armed conflicts; its critical to get emergency humanitarian aid as well as long-term rebuilding efforts into communities. (Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images)
This article was originally published by Inside Philanthropy. It is reposted here with permission.
As we watch the war rage in Ukraine with families separated and more than 2 million women and children forced to flee their homes to escape bombings, air raids and violence, we stand in solidarity with all those in Ukraine and elsewhere around the world where there are wars and devastating refugee crises. History shows us that women, children and LGBT+ people face a particularly high threat of violence during armed conflicts, and its critical to get emergency humanitarian aid as well as long-term rebuilding efforts into communities.The consequences of Putins aggression are dire for women, girls and non-binary people. Whenever armed conflict breaks out, violence against women increases exponentially, and sexual violence often becomes a weapon of war itself, as witnessed in Bosnia, Sierra Leone and Rwanda, among others.
Theres also the risk to pregnant women, who must try to bring new life into the world without losing their own in the process. The U.N. reports that 80,000 women from Ukraine will give birth over the next three months, many of them away from home and without access to medical care or even sanitary conditions. Already, Ukrainian women have had to give birth in a bomb shelter, in a subway station, and evacuate with their newborns just hours postpartum after the maternity wing of a hospital was bombed.Helping women and girls in crisis cant be an afterthought. Support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and those with reproductive health needs must be baked into relief aid from the beginning.
Two decades ago, the Inter-agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises declared that women in war zones should be provided with birth kits, contraception, obstetrics care, and counselingyet reports say those resources have been delivered sporadically, if at all. It seems in the crisis in Ukraine, women can only count on womens funders to deliver what they need to survive.Helping women and girls in crisis cant be an afterthought. Support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and those with reproductive health needs must be baked into relief aid from the beginning. Ensuring the survival of activists organizing and mobilization efforts are also critical to rebuild strong voices for the future.
Thats where gender equity funders come in: We use our collective power, voice and influence to fight for liberation and justice for the women, girls and LGBT+ people, who are often a second thought in traditional policymaking and philanthropy, but always top of our minds. Womens funders cannotand will notstand by as women, girls and other marginalized people once again face the brunt of risk, trauma and tragedy.Womens funds are publicly funded organizations founded by women, run by women, and serving women, girls and gender-expansive people. There are hundreds of womens funds around the world, on every continent except Antarctica, and each fund operates within the community its part of. Womens funds move money six times faster than traditional philanthropic channels, and we get it to where its needed most, since we often fund at the margins, reaching nascent, small or underfunded but critical organizations on the ground that are led by women.
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