'The project Women Voices Count inspires me, gives me strength and confidence. It's important to me and to other participants because we feel supported, understood and that we are being heard. At some point, I was able to say "Yes, I am a woman, and my life matters. I can change this world for better." I allow myself to be a person. I understand that together with men I can be useful to society. Neither I nor they are worse or better, we are equal. By supporting each other, we have an opportunity to do many good things, small and large, for the common good. The training on blogging a few years ago helped me a lot. Interesting and useful communication with great coaches inspires me and I realize that I can write. This training was one of the first steps in this area. I began using the new knowledge in my work and social activism. I see positive results. When there are happy people around, I become a little happier. Also, the project was an opportunity to tell my own life story to a large number of people, in the almanac and then in the play. I hope this story can help someone in the same difficult situation and give that person the strength to move on.'
About the Ukrainian Human Rights Foundation
Each year, the Ukrainian Human Rights Foundation (UHRF) implements dozens of initiatives focused on the most acute human rights violations in 20 regions of Ukraine. Due to the great success of the project 'Peace and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Programme for Internally Displaced Women of Ukraine "Women Voices Count 2019"' in recent years, it was continued in 2019 with support by ifa's zivik Funding Programme.
Special focus was placed on women who were internally displaced (IDP) as a result of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, encouraging them to become community leaders on national and regional levels. By using the 'Art for Peace' approach, the project offered a strong voice for female IDP leaders, who were willing to advocate rights of the internally displaced population and victims affected by the armed conflict.