For sixty years, the European Union has worked tirelessly to defend women’s rights and to empower them to realise their full potential. Gender equality is at the heart of the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative. It is vital to the individual lives of women as well as men, and essential for long-term democratic development. In its cooperation with Ukraine, the EU is driving real change by strengthening women in business, providing opportunities for quality education and promoting a fair society.
WHAT IS BEING DONE
- Gender action plans
Taking account of gender issues across public policies, and generating statistics based on gender
- New and improved legislation
Adopting and applying anti-discrimination and domestic violence laws
- More women in business
Making loans via local banks available for women-led enterprises
- New study and career opportunities
Offering a wide range of exchange programmes across Europe with Erasmus+
- Young women leaders
Enhancing the active participation of young women through the EU4Youth programme
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
The EU supports women entrepreneurs in Ukraine through the Women in Business programme, which is implemented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Support provided by the programme includes business advice, training and mentoring to women-led companies, as well as finance through a dedicated credit line to partner bank Bank Lviv.
Find out how you can take part www.ebrdwomeninbusiness.com
“I have ideas, they have the know-how.” Yulia Alekseeva’s travel agency Zagubor received Women in Business support to develop a new website.
In 2019, 289 women entrepreneurs in Ukraine received loans to a total value of more than €40 million under EU support programmes for SMEs, while 88 received grants worth €750,000. More than 350 benefitted from consultancy services. Turnover among supported companies rose by almost €129 million, and 16,134 new jobs were created as a result of the support.
Women entrepreneurs in Ukraine also have access to a range of other funding and advisory services provided under the EU4Business initiative. Find out more: www.eu4business.eu/ukraine
OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG WOMEN
Through its Erasmus+ programme, the EU offers young women and men in Ukraine a wide range of exchange opportunities across Europe.
Erasmus+ opportunities include:
- Scholarships to study in Europe
- Student exchanges
- Youth exchanges
- European Solidarity Corps
- Opportunities for youth workers
- Youth involvement in reform dialogue
- From 2015-2019, EU funding enabled 9,026 students and academic staff from Ukraine to study or teach in the EU; 234 Master’s students from Ukraine have received full Erasmus scholarships.
- Over 14,500 young people and youth workers from Ukraine have taken part in short-term exchanges, mobility, training and volunteering projects.
- Ukraine ranks 3rd worldwide for Erasmus+ exchanges out of more than 150 Erasmus+ Partner countries
Erasmus+ in Ukraine: all your questions answered: https://www.euneighbours.eu/en/east/stay-informed/cards/erasmus-ukraine
- EU4Youth supports young people to develop skills for jobs, and encourages and invests in youth entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.
- The EU has set a 75% target to support young women under the EU4Youth programme.
- EU4Youth funds 5 grant projects active in Ukraine.
- In the period 2018-2020, 414 young women in Ukraine benefited from training and workshops under EU4Youth grant projects, 82 took part in internships, 132 became self-employed after receiving support, and 174 received grants to help them set up their business.
“Thanks to the European Union grant, my revenue rose by at least 30 %!” Anna Movchan received a grant from EU4Youth, enabling her to kick-start her business.
A FAIR SOCIETY
This regional programme, funded by the European Union across the Eastern Partnership, seeks to strengthen equal rights and opportunities for women and men by shifting social perceptions around gender roles, tackling gender stereotypes and increasing men’s participation in childcare and other domestic responsibilities.
In Ukraine, the project ran a campaign, Fight like a Girl, with 15 videos tackling stereotypes and highlighting different forms of gender-based violence and cybercrimes affecting women and girls.
“I hope this project will reach many women and girls, and will empower them to change their lives.” TV host Oleksandra Gontar was one of the influencers mobilised for Fight like a Girl.
Battling domestic violence
The EU Advisory Mission (EUAM) has launched a training for Ukrainian police on combating domestic violence. The training combines theory around stereotypes and legislation, with practical scenario-based exercises, starting from a call to the 102 emergency line, communication with an abuser, all the way to evidence collection and a safety plan for victims.