Event announcement

On Wednesday, June 5, at 19:00 Kyiv time, Cedos analyst Lorina Fedorova will take part in the panel discussion “Rebuilding Better: Social (Infra)Structures for Ukraine's Recovery” in Berlin.

  • The live stream of the panel discussion will be available here.
  • The event will take place at the Heinrich Boell Foundation Conference Center, Berlin. If you would like to join live in Berlin, please register here. Unfortunately, the number of seats is limited. If the number of seats in the hall is exhausted, the organizers will broadcast the conference via video to other halls. Please note that a seat in the hall is not guaranteed.

The event program:

19:00 Presentation of short videos by the Ukrainian media ShoTam “How women affected by war start a business”

19:15 Panel discussion with the following guests:

  • Lorina Fedorova, Cedos, Ukraine;
  • Halyna Kotliuk, Heinrich Boell Foundation in Ukraine;
  • Mariana Kukhlevska, Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Construction of Germany;
  • Tetyana Lopashchuk, German-Ukrainian Bureau (DUB), Berlin.

    Moderator: Jan Albrecht, Director of the Heinrich Boell Foundation.

Russia's war against Ukraine continues to cause serious destruction on a daily basis. As of January 2024, the damage to physical infrastructure and buildings alone is estimated at $155 billion. The loss of social structures and human well-being is almost impossible to quantify. The war brings with it many new challenges and exacerbates existing social problems, such as the mental health crisis, the rise of gender-based violence, and the lack of care facilities for children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. As a result, this puts more pressure on women to do more reproductive and care work. Gender inequality is on the rise.

Therefore, especially in the context of an ongoing war, a feminist approach to recovery should be pursued that also takes into account the needs of vulnerable groups and complements the planning of physical reconstruction of damaged roads, energy infrastructure, businesses, etc.  Undisturbed social ties and participation are important preconditions for both sustainable economic development and refugee return.

Ukrainian government, civil society, and international partners have demonstrated an understanding of the importance of a gender-sensitive approach in many areas. For example, mental health programs are being promoted, support is being provided to victims of gender-based violence, and access to childcare and healthcare facilities is being expanded.