StreetNet has long been present in Ukraine through our affiliate Free Trade Union of Entrepreneurs of Ukraine. When the invasion of Ukraine began, we organized a crowdfunding campaign to support our members in Ukraine. We also, with our partner Cities Alliance, organized a closed-door discussion with women activists, volunteers and civil society representatives who shared testimonies about their current life in Ukraine. That was the discussion that inspired the research we conducted, in partnership with Cities Alliance and WIEGO, the results of which are presented in this page.
REMOTE WORK AND TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
Work that requires in-person contact was much more likely to be disrupted by war. The informal childcare workers interviewed immediately lost touch with the families who had employed them, and thus lost their income.
As it was during COVID-19 lockdowns, the ability to work remotely over the internet was a big determinant of whether a woman could continue to earn an income.