Women refugees from Ukraine: hearing to take stock of their situation 

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On Thursday, MEPs, gender rights experts, and stakeholders will exchange views, in line with EU efforts to improve the situation of female refugees from Ukraine.

During the hearing jointly organised by the Committees on Women’s Rights and Civil Liberties, MEPs will hear from experts from the Commission, civil society, and Yevheniia Batina (refugee in Poland, Executive Assistant to the CEO of AtlexSoft, Kharkiv) on the situation of women refugees from Ukraine.

When: Thursday 21 April 2022, 9.00 - 10.45 CEST

Where: European Parliament in Brussels, SPAAK 1A002 (and remotely)

Guest speakers:

  • Lesia Radelicki, Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli;
  • Diane Schmitt, Anti trafficking coordinator, European Commission;
  • Karolina Wierzbińska, Coordinator at Homo Faber;
  • Agnieszka Kosowicz, President, Polish Migration Forum;
  • Julia Zelvenska, European Council on Refugees and Exiles; and
  • Yevheniia Batina, Refugee in Poland, Executive Assistant to the CEO of AtlexSoft, Kharkiv.

You can watch the meeting live.

The aim of the hearing is to improve and better coordinate EU-wide action to protect refugees fleeing the war from gender-based violence, trafficking, and sexual exploitation. In addition, MEPs and experts will examine how to ensure refugee access to public services like healthcare and education.

You can find the full programme and all details related to the hearing here.


According to reports from the UNHCR and the European Commission, more than 3.5 million refugees have so far fled Ukraine, mainly women and children.

The Women’s Rights Committee exchanged views on the situation of refugees from Ukraine with the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, on 29 March 2022. The hearing serves as a necessary follow-up to this discussion.