Press Release

Strengthening Socio-Economic Resilience of Women and Girls Affected by the Ukraine Refugee Crisis in Moldova

05 January 2023

  • A project aiming at strengthening socio-economic resilience of women and girls affected by the Ukraine refugee crisis in Moldova and enhancing social cohesion in the host communities in 5 selected districts in Moldova was approved for financing by Japan to be implemented by UN Women.

Minimum 2,000 women and girls, both refugee and local, especially the most vulnerable and affected by the crisis, will benefit from interventions of the project: provision of most needed and gender-responsive humanitarian assistance, information on available services (cash for work, preschool services for children, etc.), employment and business development opportunities, as well as psychosocial, social, and legal services, including on cases of gender-based violence.

The main objective of the project is to offer its beneficiaries access to gender-responsive humanitarian assistance and tailored livelihood programs and integrated gender responsive, localized and women-centered protection and development opportunities. Tailored livelihoods programs will be developed aimed at skills development (including but not limited to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), vocational and foreign language skills, public speaking, self-confidence, digital and financial literacy, gender equality), skill-matching, job placement and cash for work opportunities. Also, as a result of the project, frontline workers, including but not limited to Local Public Authorities, humanitarian workers and local/regional CSOs in 5 districts, will have increased awareness on referral pathways and provide services, including gender-responsive humanitarian assistance to refugee women and girls as well as Moldovan women, especially the most vulnerable and affected by the crisis.

“Japan is with the Republic of Moldova and the United Nations in our support to refugees from Ukraine. Women and girls are particularly vulnerable in time of wars. We praise the Moldovans for generously providing shelter and care to the Ukrainian refugees. We thank UN Women for taking the lead in prioritizing the needs for women and girls in this difficult situation.” mentioned H.E. Mr. Yamada Yoichiro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Moldova.

„This is the second time when, with the generous support of Japan, UN Women will provide support to women and girls affected by the crises. This project is very timely and important in the current regional context as it is crucial to strengthen the resilience of women refugees and empower them economically, but as well to encourage women across the country to access labor market and realize their social and entrepreneurial potential.” mentioned Dominika Stojanoska, UN Women Moldova country representative.

The total budget of the project is 800 000 US Dollars and will be implemented in 2023.


Olesea Simion

UN Women
Communication Officer

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