Women Included: Nurturing Growth and Security (WINGS)
The WINGS project offers a comprehensive, tailored package of services targeting rural, marginalized and vulnerable women to enhance their economic security by enabling their success as employees and entrepreneurs. Working in four regions – Lviv, Kharkiv, Kyiv and Poltava – WINGS focuses primarily on rural women, who face additional barriers to fulfilling their personal and economic potential due to negative stereotypes, limited access to resources and constrained employment opportunities. The project is creating a competitive, innovative, sustainable environment for the growth of women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises and providing employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. WINGS targets women who face multi-dimensional vulnerabilities, specifically survivors of domestic and gender-based violence, women who have served prison sentences, women living with HIV, women living with disabilities, ethnic minorities, women affected by the conflict, women with partners in the military and women veterans. WINGS engages with men and community influencers to encourage shifts in the social and cultural norms that undermine women and perpetuate negative stereotypes.
Women of Ukraine: Heard, Capable and Resilient
This project is working to increase the fulfilment of human rights for women and girls, and to advance gender equality in Ukraine. The project will build the capacity of women’s rights organizations and support advocacy campaigns through the delivery of small grants. The project promotes inclusion of the women’s movement into a broader reform agenda and national development processes by engaging a diverse range of stakeholders, including non-government organizations, local authorities, key decision makers, media, trade unions and religious organizations.
Pact’s ENGAGE program, which stands for Enhance Non-Governmental Actors and Grassroots Engagement, aims to increase citizen awareness of and engagement in civic activities at the national, regional and local levels. Beginning in Fall 2016, ENGAGE’s goals are to increase civic education, promote democratic reforms through local coalitions, improve the capacity of civil society organizations and ensure sustainability of civic engagement in Ukraine. In addition, ENGAGE seeks to promote inclusion of marginalized groups and build demand for fundamental European values.