Ukrainian and international leaders are gathering in London this month for a summit to generate critical support for Ukraine’s economic and social recovery. Placing gender equality and women’s meaningful participation at the forefront of these efforts is key to success.
Women are not only essential to the emergency response, but to Ukraine’s successful post-war recovery and reconstruction, democratic progress and E.U. integration. However, they are largely absent from formal decision-making platforms on deescalation, conflict mitigation and relief and recovery.
Women’s participation in the design and implementation of Ukraine’s recovery programs is critical to maximize the effectiveness of the reconstruction process, take into account differentiated needs, and bolster post-conflict development.