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Women's Power

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Feminism, gender equality, human fights, LGBT support. 

We live in an industrial region, every third woman here suffers from domestic violence and harassment. And the word "feminism" is considered almost a dirty word.

At the local level, we want to unite women for mutual assistance, create projects aimed at their safety, conduct educational work with young people to spread the idea of ​​equality. Last year we succeeded in opening a shelter for women victims of domestic violence - today we strive to establish a dialogue with the police and the community to prevent it.
Our dream is a museum of women's history. There we want to tell about the history of the women's movement in Ukraine and our city, to show the gender gap and systemic discrimination, to open an interactive platform for dialogue about equality.

The problem we are trying to solve:

"I know a lot of women. And almost every one of them suffered from violence, abuse, discrimination, harassment or injustice at work. Almost all of them work more than men and earn less. All of them take care of children and elderly relatives, bear the burden of responsibility for others and do not feel safe.

I want to help them become strong and confident, achieve more and fight for their rights. And I want the same for myself - because I have the same problems. "

This year 6000 women in our comunity suffered from domestic violence. Our women work in factories in dangerous conditions, but they are invisible. Their salaries are lower and they never become bosses. In non-sex education schools, girls do not know how to take care of their health, prevent unwanted pregnancies, what consent to sex is, personal boundaries and safety. After high school, most of them will get married or receive a liberal arts education due to stereotypes that IT, economics and other highly paid areas is for boys.

The solution we are proposing:

Educational programs for young people will help to get rid of stereotypes. A self-help network for women will help them support each other and create a safe space. Museum of Women's Culture and History Let's make women and their problems visible.

Information and interaction will help make the community more tolerant We want to transform our grassroots activism into a full-fledged public organization. This will give us more opportunities to help and spread ideas of non-discrimination, attract new young allies.

What success looks like for us:

Our organization will start a full-fledged work in the direction of informing, training, supporting women and advocating for feminist initiatives. We will form a team of activists, professional social workers, communication specialists to implement our above-mentioned goals. We will conduct a study of the most pressing problems of young women in our region. Based on the results, we will develop a strategic action plan.

Where we are are based:

Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine

Funding we are applying for:

$14,000 - $15,000 per year

How this funding will help us achieve our goals:

We are now registering our organization and need help for sustainable development and solvency. We need an office and we want to organize an information and advisory hub for young women.

How this funding will strengthen our group:

Organizational support will help us become more effective, because now everything is based only on our enthusiasm and our own resources.

How we gain by being a Spark Fund partner:

We would like to become a full-fledged functional organization, to involve young women in solving problems of human rights and equal access. There are few opportunities for activists in the regions and small towns, so we will be happy to receive support and realize our potential, to be useful in our community.

Our Annual Income:

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Our Organization Structure:

We make decisions collectively, after discussion. The main responsibility lies with me and my partner, program coordinator Anna Saitarly. It is a great responsibility to bring people together with ideas and help others. But this is the only way to create a better, more fair and safe world.