Since Russia started a war against Ukraine in February 2022, millions of people have fled the Ukraine, looking for a safe haven in other countries. The Republic of Moldova along with Poland are hosting the largest number of refugees, of which the majority are women and children.

An effective and equitable humanitarian assistance for refugees cannot be achieved without understanding and responding to their gender and age-related needs and constraints as well as to the risks they face due to pre-existing gender norms, stereotypes and unequal power relations. Therefore, the humanitarian response and resilience building efforts must ensure that the different situations, needs, priorities and capacities of affected refugees and host community populations of all genders, ages and diversities, including the most vulnerable and marginalised population groups, are considered and addressed when designing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating humanitarian assistance.

That is why HOPE’87 with their local partner Speranta 87 Moldova and in close cooperation with UNESCO realised the educational project “Creating an inclusive and non-discriminatory environment for Ukrainian refugees in the Republic of Moldova”, which includes seminars, trainings and special literature with the objective of forming children’s, parent’s as well as teacher’s resilience in conditions of war related crisis. The purpose of the seminars and trainings is to inform pupils and parents how to cope with the challenges of war stress, how to adapt to new conditions when separated from family members and how to avoid abuse and exploitation as well as to inform teachers how to work with refugee children in conditions of war related crisis and how to avoid abuse and exploitation of refugees.

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National Commission of the Republic of Moldova for UNESCO, Speranta 87, HOPE'87