Saving lives of people with disabilities: FFR’s quarterly report
Before the Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, we were engaged in the protection of political, labor, and cultural rights of people with disabilities; built Fight For Right, the national human rights network; advocated important changes in legislation related to the protection and observance of the rights of people with disabilities; made spheres and services available in our state, as well as strengthened our community, bringing closer inclusive democracy in Ukraine. Until February 24, 2022, we had ideas, dreams, and future projects.
Right from the first day of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, we changed our priorities and switched to the most important thing at the moment – saving lives. This is how Fight For Right began to engage in emergency response, while maintaining an advocacy focus. In our quarterly report you can find out the information about our achievements in the fisrt three months of the full-scale Russian war against Ukraine.
Total number of times we managed to help during the reporting period 1251. Please note that in most cases, same people needed and received several types of help.
- Evacuation within Ukraine and abroad — 736 people
- Help with accommodation in Ukraine and abroad — 378 people
- Legal advice — 96 people
- Medical evacuation — 70 people
- Medical supplies/medicines — 354 people
- Food — 112 people
- Psychological first aid — 13 consultations
- Assistive technologies — 59 people
As of the reporting period, the number of cases in progress was 1,317.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE: people with disabilities for people with disabilities
From the very first day of the Russian full-scale invasion, the international community of people with disabilities became our support.
- We have set up a GoFundMe emergency response fundraising page for Fight For Right. At the very beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, these resources were the only ones we had to help Ukrainians with disabilities. At the very beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, these resources were the only ones we had to help Ukrainians with disabilities. Unfortunately, we are unable to personally thank each and every person who contributed to the GoFundMe page, but we truly appreciate your support. Every comment we received gave us the impetus to continue our difficult work.
- We created an international coalition with the participation of Fight For Right, The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, and the World Institute on Disabilities (WID) for emergency response and assistance to Ukrainians with disabilities during the war.
- We have received support from: Google, GoFundMe, Bildhalle, Front Line Defenders, ІСАР Єднання, IFES, Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, Purposeful, Global Fund for Children, National Endowment for Democracy, Zalando, Abilis, JB Music та DRA.
ADVOCACY FOR THE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Since the beginning of the war, FFR has:
• Become an executive partner of the United Nations Partnership for the Rights of People with Disabilities (UN PRPD).
• Evaluated the work of international humanitarian organizations, developed comments and promoted advocacy messages among UN clusters that provide humanitarian support to Ukraine.
• Prepared and published an analytical note “Observance of the rights of persons with disabilities during the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine;”
• Initiated and established a separate thematic sub-group within the 5 AM Coalition to assess human rights and document war crimes in places of detention, including the creation of a pilot report, development an integrated monitoring and documentation method, and fundraising for a large-scale partnership project in several de-occupied regions of Ukraine;
• Presented FFR’s activities and the first results of the assessment of the work of international humanitarian organizations in the context of people with disabilities during the civil society forum in Poland;
• Cooperated with the Ukraine Logistics Cluster and UN Protection Cluster;
• Taken part in the International Conference “After the War: Rethinking the Future of Civil Society” held in Warsaw in April.
• During the OSCE meeting in Vienna, presented the results of the assessment of the problems of observing the rights of persons with disabilities in Ukraine and the FFR recommendations for international organizations.
- Fight For Right was cited more than 60 times in Ukrainian and foreign media, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Financial Times, and more.
- . Our organization was mentioned by Former U.S. President Barack Obama, actress and advocate Vera Farmiga, and European Parliament Member Katrin Langensiepen.
- Our team gave more than 50 interviews and expert comments.
- We launched a separate section of our organization website dedicated to emergency response during the war.
- We started collecting material for the publication “Women with Disabilities During the Russian War against Ukraine”.
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