EWC strongly condemns the Russian Federation’s war on Ukraine, which was launched with military attacks across the country early this morning. It’s not just one independent nation that is under attack today. This is a war on what humanity has paid a dear price for, and what we all believe in – freedom,  sovereignty, national self-determination, and territorial integrity. 

We stand with thousands of our friends in Ukraine, who are rising not only for their country, but for the values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Europe and in the world. EWC has been working in Ukraine since 2013, with a particular focus on schools across the nation. Now we watch in agony as these schools hustle to prepare bomb shelters. Instead of gathering active student parliaments and focusing on democratic processes in youth governance, they are forced to think about how to protect themselves and their country.