Ukraine’s armed conflict has created 1.5 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)—more than half are women. Many are unemployed, facing unequal access to resources, education, services, and political decision-making. We aim to help displaced and disenfranchised women organize themselves, achieve personal and economic independence, and actively shape the society around them. We believe that the inclusion and participation of women is imperative to building a democratic peace in Ukraine.
Kramatorsk and Mariupol, Eastern Ukraine
Democracy cannot exist in the absence of peace, and our work shows that women’s participation is crucial to the peacebuilding process. We want to see how a doubly marginalized group in Ukrainian society—displaced women—can pool inner resources to model citizen action.
Gaining access to safe spaces and self-help resources will help IDP women in our project to empower themselves and one another. Women will be equipped with the tools not only to master challenging circumstances in their own lives, but to advocate for their local communities on the national level.
Working with local partners, we will build a women’s center where IDPs can access psychological support, legal counseling, skills training, and opportunities for income generation. In self-help groups, participants will receive coaching, professional consultation, and opportunities for networking. This flexible, context-specific approach—based on our 25 years working with women in conflict zones—empowers women holistically, in every aspect of their social and personal lives.
AMICA e.V. started as a grassroots initiative aimed at helping women refugees during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where we developed our particular model for psychosocial counseling centers. Our mission is to help support and empower women experiencing life in conflict zones around the globe.
Female IDPs and conflict-affected women; local authorities and NGOs dealing with IDPs