Twenty-six Local Development Forums and Community Security Working Groups (CSWGs) are all functional and continuing to raise awareness about community-related social issues, as well as drawing up proposals and plans for local authorities and other stakeholders on how to address these issues. Significantly, more than 70 per cent of CSWG members feel that their voices are being taken into account in efforts to improve community security.
Over 300,000 residents of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts have benefited from more than 160 local initiatives on community security, social cohesion, rule of law and gender equality. Over 1,600 survivors of gender-based violence have received legal and psychological assistance.
More than 100,000 conflict-affected persons (62 per cent women) have received free and quality legal aid services. Legal Aid Offices have been opened at checkpoints in Novotroitske and Mariinka. A mobile app, ‘Your rights’, is available to protect and restore the rights of internally displaced persons and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
Two court buildings in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts have been rehabilitated to conform to universal design principles.
Videoconferencing facilities have been established in 32 towns in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts to ensure more effective coordination among local authorities, rescue services and law enforcement agencies.