When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, more than 14 million Ukrainians were displaced. Half fled to other countries, while millions became displaced within Ukraine itself. Since the military offense began, generous individuals have asked how to help Ukrainian refugees. The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) has outlined four ways you can help refugees impacted by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
Spread Awareness about the Ukraine Crisis
With some simple actions, you can advocate on behalf of all who are impacted by this crisis, including Ukrainian women refugees, who make up half of all displaced Ukrainians, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). If you use social media, log onto your personal channels and post about your concern on the Ukraine crisis.
You can use this example from WRC to tweet to your network.
Stay Informed on Ukraine
Russia’s war on Ukraine is creating an ongoing crisis. Stay informed and find ways to support internally displaced Ukrainians and Ukrainian refugees. WRC posts frequent updates on the crisis, including updated statistics on Ukrainian refugees, how we are advocating for an effective humanitarian response in Ukraine, and ways for you to take action and support Ukrainians affected by the conflict.
View WRC’s Crisis Response page to learn more on the current situation on the Ukraine crisis.
Make Your Voice Heard on the Ukraine Crisis
If you are in the United States, contact the Biden administration to demand action on the Ukraine crisis. In your message to the US president, you can use recommendations from WRC’s Ukraine policy brief, which includes the following:
- Uphold the highest standard of protection for refugees and internally displaced people, particularly children and unaccompanied minors, especially at border crossing areas, reception centers, and shelters.
- Prioritize gender-based violence prevention and response.
- Ensure women and girls can safely access comprehensive health services.
- Prevent sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA).
- Ensure that humanitarian assistance is delivered quickly and effectively to all people, regardless of their gender, age, disability status, sexual orientation, or any other aspect of their identity or social status.
- Optimize opportunities for women and girls to fully, equally, and meaningfully participate in humanitarian responses.
- Support grassroots civil society organizations that are on the frontline of the crisis response with direct flexible funding.
- Respond effectively to the needs of women and girls in all their diversity, LGBTQI+ individuals, older adults, and those with disabilities and ensure that all vulnerable and marginalized people are provided with comprehensive and quality assistance services.
See our Ukraine policy brief for more detailed recommendations on ways that governments, UN agencies, humanitarian actors, and individuals can take action.