Are you a Ukrainian woman who settled in Estonia after 24 February 2022?  Join the feminist research to explore together the stories, experiences and problems of Ukrainian women in Estonia.

You can be a participant in the research project if: 

  • You identify yourself as a woman / have experience of socialisation as a woman 
  • You are 18 years old or older 
  • You came from Ukraine and settled in Estonia after 24 February 2022 
  • You want to become part of a group of women with similar experiences and are ready to meet regularly to share your unique thoughts and experiences and jointly influence society

We value diversity and welcome women with different personal and social experiences, regardless of marital status, sexual orientation, religious background, age (18+) or disability. We take into account specific needs during meetings, if necessary.

What participation in the research means in practice

  • Participation in group discussions, workshops and data collection, which will reflect the participants’ experiences as Ukrainians in Estonia 
  • This is a participatory research, so each participant becomes a co-researcher in this project, and thus has the opportunity to influence the research questions, methodology, data analysis and development of the next steps plan 
  • Fostering a friendly and inclusive environment where your voice and contribution is valued 
  • The whole process is carried out by one group of participants from March 2024 to December 2024 
  • Regular 2-3 hours meetings in the centre of Tallinn, sometimes online, some meetings may be offsite and have a different duration  
  • The frequency of meetings will be determined together as a group, but at least once every two weeks. 
  • Working language – Ukrainian or Russian

What you will gain from participation: 

  • A deeper understanding of yourself as a woman and your female experience of resettlement from Ukraine to Estonia  
  • A supportive and inspiring community with other Ukrainian women in Estonia 
  • Personal contribution to the research aimed at promoting social justice and gender equality 
  • Bringing the voice of Ukrainian women with experience of forced displacement to the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and to Estonian society

And also

  • A small scholarship for your efforts and time  
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses to the meeting place (if you do not live in Tallinn) 

Previous experience in social research and a deep understanding of feminist principles are not required to participate in the research project.

How to join: 

  • If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill out the registration form – 
  • If you have any additional questions or are unable to fill out the form for some reason, please email us at or call us at 58516735 (Kateryna) 

We will contact everyone within a week after the application.


The study is conducted by Mõttekoda Praxis with the support of the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

The study takes a feminist participatory research approach. This means that in this research project, participants are not just subjects but co-researchers, contributing their insights, experiences, and expertise throughout the research process. Feminist participatory research emphasises the active involvement and empowerment of women and marginalized genders in the research process. It centers on understanding and challenging gender inequalities, injustices, and power dynamics while amplifying the voices and experiences of those affected. More specifically, participants are empowered through connecting with people with similar experiences, becoming more aware of their situation and power relations in the society, learning new skills and trying new roles. 

The focus of the study is to explore: 

  • What are the gendered experiences of Ukrainian refugees in Estonia?  
  • What are the personal coping strategies of refugees from a gender perspective? Which services and benefits support coping in Estonia, which hinder? 
  • Other issues that will be relevant in the course of the research