Country Programmes

Mainstreaming gender–responsive disability inclusion in humanitarian response in Ukraine – Phase 1

Start DateOngoingEnd Date
12 May 202211 Nov 2022
Programme Status
Programme Budget
US$ 835,193

Implementing Partners

UN Agencies

  • UNDP
  • UN Women

Government Organizations

  • The Secretariat of Parliamentary Commissioner on Human Rights
  • Ministry of Social Policy
  • Advisor of the President on Barrier Free Society
  • Ombudswoman for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Organizations of Persons with Disabilities

  • National Assembly of People with Disabilities
  • Parents for Early Intervention and NGO
  • NGO Chernivtsi Regional Organization of People with Disabilities
  • Fight for Right
  • NGO Barrier Free
  • Mariupol Youth Union

The Programme

Russian military aggression on Ukraine launched on 24 February 2022 resulted in unprecedented loss of life, damage, destruction and displacement. 18 million people, or half of the population, are projected to become affected, including already 6.7 million people newly internally displaced, most to the Western regions of Ukraine. Of the affected population, 12 million people are expected to need urgent humanitarian assistance.
Persons with disabilities are particularly vulnerable as they may be unable to flee or may stay in the impacted areas, resulting in risks to their lives, struggles to meet daily needs and challenges in accessing humanitarian assistance. According to the recent assessment 20% of both IDPs and non-displaced population are people with disabilities. Moreover, Ukraine has the highest rates of institutionalisation of children and adults with disabilities in Europe and the majority of them faced serious challenges during the recent evacuations.


The programme seeks to urgently inform humanitarian response to ensure gender-responsive consideration and coverage of immediate needs of persons with disabilities, by equipping humanitarian actors, local authorities and NGOs with inclusivity tools and checklists, providing fast assessments of the current needs of women and men, girls and boys with disabilities and insure effective communication with and protection of most vulnerable.
Considering daily growing needs, the programme also seeks to further empower organisations of people with disabilities to provide inclusive information and services, as well as improve accessibility in the most overwhelmed pilot regions with high concentration of IDPs.