The Ukrainian Women’s Guard (UWG), a network of the women’s resistance movement in Ukraine, was created by Attorney Olena Biletska at the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war, and was registered by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine as a public organization on October 14, 2014 under No. 124/02
The main goal and task of the UWG is the creation of a national ground network of the women’s movement of resistance to Russian aggression.
In order to fulfill this task, since 2014, the UWG has been conducting training and education for women, so that in crisis situations, women can unite, know what to do, how to survive and, if possible, resist the enemy.
The main principles of UWG: Trust, Safety, Cooperation, Solidarity, Guarantee UWG website: www.uavarta.org
The UWG was born in the difficult days of Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine. The Ukrainian Women’s Guard conducted mass education and training in general military training, survival in war conditions, paramedicine for women throughout Ukraine (Kyiv, Kharkiv, Starobilsk, Lviv, Dnipro, Lutsk, Odesa, Poltava, Vinnytsia, etc.). The UWG became the first organization that raised the issue of expanding combat positions for women in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The UWG started professional military schools for women and girls in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. In total, in 2014, about 5,000 women were trained by the UWG.
The Voluntary, Engineering and Information Services of UWG commenced working.
www.ucsr.social The UWG became a co-founder of the Ukrainian Consortium for Social Research – an all-Ukrainian independent scientific-research and educational-practical network, which united 35 universities and higher education institutions in the territory of Ukraine.
The UWG did not suspend any of its projects during the pandemic and took the required precautions to continue safe functioning.
From the first day of the full-scale Russian invasion, the UWG network was operating at full capacity
For the website www.uavarta.org, since February 24, the following was prepared daily:
Operational news about the war in Ukraine (in Ukrainian and English) and sent through the network of international contacts (diplomats, military, politicians, journalists, foreign mass media) – number for the year published was 310 Digest of crimes of the Russian Federation (translation in various languages) – number for the year published was 280 Digest “Our Victories” (translated into different languages) – number for the year published was 310.
1,500 volunteer translators are involved (33 languages)
According to poll results of 2022, “Ukrainian Women’s Guard” www.uavarta.org took second place in the ranking of the best blogs about the Ukrainian war according to Feedspot. It should be noted that Financial Times “War in Ukraine” took 4th place, The New York Times “Russia Ukraine War” – 7th place, and BBC “War in Ukraine” – 8th place. A total of 40 best blogs about the war in Ukraine were noted in the rating. Feedspot is a database of more than 250 thousand active bloggers, vloggers and podcasters on YouTube and Instagram in 1500 niche categories.
For the website https://idel-ural.org/ and the League of Free Nations https://freenationsleague.org/ua/home.html, since February 24, three reports per day were prepared daily and translated into 33 languages – a total of 930
Reports and information materials about activities of UWG were published in the world’s largest mass media, such as BBC, CNN, ABC News, Daily Telegraph, Rolling Stone Magazine, Corriere della Sera, La Stampa and many others.
Food and household products for € 6,330,000.00 were directly provided by UWG and its partners.
Recipients: Odesa, Kyiv, Mykolaiv Region Military-Civil Administration; Operational Command “South”; Logistics Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces; Military Medical Clinical Center of the Southern Region; Medical Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The UWG conducted an energy audit of the needs of the Borodyanka and, together with our British friends from Crown Agents, handed over 9 powerful generators for the operation of the boiler houses of the utility company “Borodyankateplosatsana” and to support the critical infrastructure of Borodyanka. The generators have helped minimize heat and water outages for community residents in the event of accidents and power outages, keep three water towers and sewers running, and support a school, kindergarten, hospital and a container town that is home to nearly 400 homeless residents as a result of the Russian occupation.
The UWG provided logistics transport of 180 trucks for approximately € 30,000,000.00
Since 2014, more than 50,000 women throughout Ukraine have completed the training provided by the UWG.
We continue to constantly provide consultations to women and women’s associations in Ukraine regarding the inclusion of components for physical, psychological and information security, countering burnout from social activities and security in public places during martial law. We also conduct various other educational events (online and offline).
Olena Biletska, a lawyer, social activist and mother of 4 children, has been the head of the UWG since 2014.