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Connect activists for the purpose of experience exchange, strengthening the local and international feminist movement and solidarity. As members of different local groups we are example of these connections. We deeply believe that it is important to unite during times like these where it is especially hard to do.

The problem we are trying to solve:

At the age of pandemic there are a lot of challenges that women and women’s rights activists are overcoming every day. We want to explore this challenges as well as educate ourselves and our target audience about ways to overcome it and fight for women's rights in 2020-2022. There problems include:

  1. Psychological struggles (burn-out, anxiety, depression, etc.)
  2. Safety issues
  3. Financial problems
  4. Lack of communication and networking events

With our project we want to confront these problems and explore broad approaches to deal with them. We believe that network and experience exchange is one of the effective ways to solve this. We want to collect information about these issues in our neighbouring countries (for example, fellow grantees in Armenia, Georgia and Moldova) for exchanging experience and raising solidarity. First of all, we are interested experiences, challenges and game-changing solutions of the Global South because Ukrainian feminist movement do not have strong connection to this area even so it’s geographically closer. It becomes a problem when Ukrainian activists try to use successful practices from Global North but it does not take into account local historical and socio-political as well as economic context. That is why our project is going to gain broad piece of information about feminist movements in those countries as well as information about COVID-19 challenges and solutions. But we do not limit our project to Global South because we believe that critical and intersectional approach will make experiences and approaches of Global North motivational and useful for Ukraine and its neighbour countries.

As a part of local Ukrainian feminist community we find ourselves and our fellow activists struggling with the same issues and looking for the most effective ways to solve them.

Our community is deeply affected by COVID-19 pandemic. All of the above problems could be found in different parts of Ukraine. Nevertheless, each case can be similar but yet unique for rural/urban, new/experienced, formal/informal groups and organisations.

The solution we are proposing:

Our project involves the creation of documentary films on the feminist movement in different countries. We want to cover as many countries as possible, but we plan to start with Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The content of the documentaries will include a brief overview of historical events and figures that contributed to the development of feminism in the visited countries, interviews with activists of feminist groups and organisations. This will allow to build bridges between local feminist movements in the region for further cooperation. We believe that documentary films will not only introduce the movement in different countries, but also motivate young people to cooperate and fight for human rights.

We believe that education, communication and international networking is the good first step to strengthen the movement that is currently struggling with pandemic. We want to make documentary movies because we think that networking within a few groups of activists is good but sharing these unique experiences could be useful for every activist and supporter.

We strive to create quality and accessible content that will allow us to learn about feminism movements in different parts of the world, first of all at Global South, draw attention to the achievements of prominent women who contributed to the rights and opportunities we have now, see the diversity and realities of feminist organisations and individual activists. A series of documentaries will make it possible for young activists to understand the situation with women rights in different countries in times of COVID-19 pandemic. It would promote diversity and inclusiveness in feminist movement, will help to create a network and hopefully will motivate the youth to be proactive in their fight and raise international solidarity in our region (as the first step to global solidarity).

  1. Pre-production:
  2. a) Theoretical work: research open sources about chosen country and editing collected materials;
  3. b) Connect via Internet with local activists/informal groups and formal organisations;
  4. c) Arrange visits to the chosen country (tickets, accommodations, invitations if needed, etc.);
  5. d) Arrange meetings and interviews;
  6. e) Script creation;
  7. f) Buy recording (video- and audio-) devices*.
  1. Production:

Field trip: accumulation of all necessary video and audio material.

  1. Post-production:
  2. a) Montage and processing of original video and audio materials;
  3. b) Create subtitles;
  4. c) Upload to YouTube;
  5. d) Promote on social media.
  1. Repeat with another country

What success looks like for us:

The success of the project will be assessed by various indicators, which include both quantitative and qualitative indicators. Quantitative indicators will be assessed by the number of documentary movies; the number of viewings, views of content on social networks and the number of reactions to them. Media coverage, critical reviews and individual feedback will make a qualitative assessment of the project.

Youth in our community consume a lot of Internet content every day. We would promote our content to them (using social media platforms, fellow activists and influencers, targeted ads if needed). We will measure the impact by feedback and coverage of the local youth.

Where we are are based:

Kyiv and Chernihiv, Ukraine

Funding we are applying for:

$14,000 - $15,000 per year

How this funding will help us achieve our goals:

We need resources to make good quality and interesting content and to male this project sustainable. Also we hope that being the grantee of Spark Fund will help us to find contacts of foreign activists and network. Last but not least we want to use the funding to strengthening our grass-roots group capacity.

How this funding will strengthen our group:

1. We will build international network;

2. We will have recording devices that could be used after the funding is over (to create more content about feminism);

3. We will make written security protocols, build organisational structure, focus on well-being (burn-out prevention) to make our initiative sustainable.

How we gain by being a Spark Fund partner:

We would like to exchange experience both regionally and globally, develop sustainability through capacity development, using digital instruments and building networks.

How we would like to spend a grant through the Spark Fund:

Most of the costs in the first year will be spent on travel to 2 countries. A quarter of the budget will be spent on the purchase of filming equipment. In the second year, we will be able to increase the number of visited countries to 3 new ones. Also, part of the budget will cover fees for project coordinators and other involved specialists. You can find a step-by-step project plan above.

Our Annual Income:

4100 EUR

Our Organization Structure:

We are a small horizontal group. Our decision-making process is based on discussions. We use nonviolent communication as a base of those discussions and possible conflict resolution processes. We would be open to trainings/courses/materials about how to improve our decision-making processes.

Equally, according to skills and previous experience.

We are both in our early 20’s and already implementing and leading independent projects.

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