- Country: Germany
- Project Name: Civil society and democratic experiences for Ukrainian women
- Contact person: Bella Khadartseva, email@example.com
- Project duration: December 2023- May 2024
- Project objective: The main goal of the project is to promote the political and societal participation of Ukrainian refugee women and encourage them to become active through their own initiatives.
Civil society and democratic experiences for Ukrainian women
Given the ongoing war of aggression by Russia against Ukraine, predominantly female refugees from Ukraine are assuming a new role within the family and society, presenting a significant challenge for many. These refugees must also navigate entirely new social and political structures and face the challenge of personal and societal integration in Germany. They need to be empowered and strengthened for this purpose. Offers for this target group that go beyond fulfilling immediate needs such as housing, clothing, or work are essential, either to become politically and socially active in Germany or their home country, promoting social cohesion. However, offerings for Ukrainian women that go beyond the basics of an orientation course and individually and sustainably support Ukrainian women are very limited.
The project aims to provide politically engaged and interested women, particularly, the opportunity to learn about the political system of the Federal Republic of Germany, especially the underlying democratic principles such as transparency, the rule of law, human rights, and the separation of powers. This is to enable future sociopolitical engagement in Germany, as well as in Ukraine or other countries, if they do not stay in Germany in the long term. The project offers 40 women from Ukraine the opportunity to engage in a dialogue through four consecutive workshops, a shadowing program, excursions, and a networking event. They will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge about German democracy and the associated political and civil society structures. The participants, in particular, should be empowered by the project to confidently participate in political and societal life in Germany, whether in civil society structures, state or municipal institutions, or political parties, through the acquired competencies of democratic interaction.
40 Ukrainian female refugees will be split in two groups and attend three workshop modules, led by two experienced trainers who already contributed to the first version of this project. The workshops will take place in February and March in Berlin, Germany. Excursions to the German parliament (Bundestag) will also be organised, with the possibility to shadow members of the parliament for a week.
The project will end with a final networking event in May gathering all project participants and giving them the change to speak to guests from other NGOs as well as political parties.
“Democracy moves: socio-political participation of refugee women from Ukraine” is funded by Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb).