The Solidarity and Justice coalition identified the key thematic areas for the future to overcome the challenges of war
Since Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine began, the Legal Development Network (LDN) has launched a #StandWithUkraine humanitarian response campaign. It has brought together 15 member organizations and seven partners to create more comprehensive solutions to the crises of war. This is how the Solidarity and Justice coalition emerged.
The results of the coalition’s five-month work are impressive
«In the first weeks of the full-scale war, the priority was to save the representatives of our partner organizations together with their families who were in dangerous places. In this way, it was possible to help a total of 60 people (26 families). Next, we thought about how to apply our knowledge and experience. Already on March 5, a joint meeting was organized with those who were in touch and were ready to join the implementation of the #StandWithUkraine campaign. They became the basis of the coalition. We received a wide range of support from donors, particularly donations from individuals. A month after the start of the #StandWithUkraine campaign, we received $10,000 from private donors. Previously, we did not even think that a human rights organization in Ukraine could collect so many charitable contributions», Yevgen Poltenko, Executive Director of the Legal Development Network, mentions.
The country’s legislation also went into war mode – rapid changes, often manual control. In order to help Ukrainians to navigate this flow and restore and protect their rights, LND member organizations and partners assisted more than 7,000 Ukrainians from February 24. The coalition initiated the creation of a platform for providing legal assistance to those who are outside Ukraine.
More than 200 publications (in Ukrainian) were prepared as part of the legal awareness campaign. Its total coverage reaches more than 1 million people. The coalition members have helped relocate about 1,500 displaced people, develop and implement complex solutions to meet their needs. Psychological assistance was provided to 224 persons.
300 tons of in-kind humanitarian aid were raised and distributed to 55,000 residents of the affected communities. Local activists are taught the mechanisms of public control over the distribution of charitable aid, and local authorities are taught to participate in recording war crimes.
The coalition members helped evacuate 1,851 people.
More than 50 experts are involved in the implementation of various initiatives of the coalition. And that’s not all.
In order to organize the work and find vectors for future development, the coalition members gathered for several days of strategizing. The CEO of the Garnet social technologies studio, facilitator, trainer, and candidate of political sciences Ruslan Bakhtyiev helped to qualitatively go through this path and direct it in a constructive direction:
«We considered that at first, the coalition developed in very difficult conditions. There was no time to understand some processes and meanings. On the first day, we tried to look inside ourselves and discover our own needs. To understand what exactly hurts us. Another point is to relive your experience so that you can breathe out and find points of support and resources. One of the biggest achievements was, of course, the opportunity to see each other, to get to know each other in person. The next day was dedicated to understanding the experience of the coalition, the potential and values that were formed, best practices, and resources. At the final stage, we identified three thematic areas and one related to organizational development».
For the future, the coalition members identified the key priorities, in particular:
• research on the level of social cohesion
• creation of the “Beehive of Meanings” concept as a social engineering tool of the coalition;
• creating a database of experts and a list of services that can be provided
• strengthening of expertise
• development of communities and their expert support, systematic monitoring of work efficiency using the “Local Human Rights Index” (LHRI) methodology
And work to achieve the unifying mission of the coalition:
To jointly respond to the challenges of war for the protection, support and development of a solidary and just society.
P. S. More relevant information on legal and humanitarian issues – is in the special section #StandWithUkraine. It accumulates materials that may be useful to those who suffer, whose rights are violated as a result of the war between russia and Ukraine.
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