Support the Fight For Freedom in Ukraine
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not only an attack on a peaceful country that is striving to build its democracy. It is also an attack on democracy itself—on every person’s fundamental human rights and political and civil liberties. With your help, Freedom House will continue to identify threats to freedom, spur action to counter those threats, and support activists working to defend and expand freedom not only in Ukraine, but around the world.
WHAT IS FREEDOM HOUSE DOING TO HELP IN UKRAINE?
In the immediate aftermath of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Freedom House moved quickly to do the following:
- Provide emergency assistance to human rights defenders and civil society organizations
- Ensure the safety and security of journalists and media organizations so that they can continue documenting and reporting on the war and human rights violations
- Aid our partners in replacing key communications equipment, including computers, phones, and tablets
Donate Now to Support Human Rights Activists and Journalists
Freedom House staff are working around the clock in Ukraine to evacuate human rights activists and journalists out of harm’s way so they can continue their important work from their new locations, as well as to improve the safety of activists and journalists who have remained in the country.
Help us support these efforts by clicking on the donate button.
The Hopeful Project
The Hopeful project arrived in July 2020 as a way to lift spirits after COVID-19 brought illness, death and disruption to citizens and communities across the globe. A colorful, retro-style, lighted sign, Hopeful was created by artist Charlie Hewitt and installed on a building in Portland, Maine. Inspired by Charlie’s illuminated message, the Dock Street Foundation, a small non-profit organization in Easton, Maryland, installed four Hopeful signs around town and initiated a year-long fund drive to support organizations addressing health, homelessness and hunger in their community. Other communities followed suit and now Hopeful signs can be found in several states.
With COVID beginning to recede, the Hopeful message continues to resonate and now also embraces support of Ukrainians suffering at the hands of Russian invaders. Charlie Hewitt transformed his artwork and enlisted whose mission is to promote freedom and democracy, as a partner. As a result, three digital billboards with the Hopeful logo in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag can be seen on the outskirts of New York and Philadelphia. The billboards are under contract with OUTFRONT Media and financed by private donors.
The Invasion of Ukraine
Stay informed about the current situation in Ukraine and read perspectives and essays that explain how and why the invasion took place, and what should be done to stop it.
Freedom House Programs in Ukraine
Expanding Allies for LGBT+ Rights in Ukraine
Freedom House seeks to improve respect for the human rights of LGBT+ people in Ukraine by strengthening and growing broad-based civil society and allies’ engagement.
Championing Free Expression in Ukraine
Freedom House works to support civil society activists, media, and citizens in advocating for expansive freedom of expression in Ukraine.
Civic Oversight in Ukraine
Freedom House supports Ukrainian civil society in providing effective public oversight of the activities of the Ukrainian government law-enforcement and security services.