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Artwork by Olga Shtonda

Award-winning Ukrainian artist Olga Shtonda created the stamp artwork for HostJane for Ukraine, an anti-invasion music album to raise funds for the Ukrainian Women's Fund. Based in Kharkiv until the city was bombed to ruins, Olga is known for her Google Doodle on Ukraine Independence Day 2022. © Olga Shtonda

Release Date: May 22, 2023

Filmed at Banana Row studios in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 11, 2023 HostJane for Ukraine features licensed cover songs sung by Ukrainian vocalist Olha Lishchyshyn and Edinburgh busker, Eliza Rose.

We're advocating for Jane Doe in crisis.

An under-reported emergency

The invasion of Ukraine has had a catastrophic impact on women and girls there. They are facing extreme and disproprotionate risks of human trafficking, sexual assault and gender-based violence as over 4.9 million people, 90% women and girls, have been displaced into hardship and destitution escaping from an illegal war.

United States federal government agencies have been warning since 2022 that networked organized crime is exploiting Ukrainian women and describe a serious human trafficking crisis unfolding in the region.

Women and babies in a makeshift maternity ward to escape Russian bombing

Ukrainian girls in a bomb shelter circulated on Twitter.

With mental health and other critical forms of humanitarian services unavailable or severely limited, there is an urgent need for donations to the Ukrainian Women's Fund to protect women and girls caught up in the conflict and assist them to repair their lives.

90% of fleeing refugees are women and girls

The European Parliament in 2022 highlighted the plight of Ukrainian women and girls subject to human rights abuses as a result of the conflict. © Brunno Covello/picture alliance via Getty Images

HostJane heard that appeal and produced an anti-invasion album to raise funds and increase awareness of a humanitarian crisis that threatens to erase the Ukraine's national identity and have repercussions going far into the future.

Women refugees crossing from Ukraine into Poland

A Ukrainian mother flees with her daughters to Poland reported by Ireland's news agency.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) which operates in neighboring Moldova is providing safe spaces and life-saving health services to protect Ukrainian women and girls fleeing the violence but the extent of the humanitarian crisis is so overwhelming more needs to be done.

Ukrainian girls in a bomb shelter

Contravening international war treaties since the start of its invasion, Russian military has shelled hospitals and residential areas. © Daniel LEAL / AFP

The Russian government has reportedly used cluster bombs against Ukrainian civilians since 2022 and more recently white phosphorus incendiary munitions to inflict indiscriminate damage on Ukraine.

A year on from The Independent's March 2022 report on Ukrainian women forced to give birth without medical facilities, women's lives are still at serious risk.

Music album made with Ukrainian women

Award-winning Ukrainian artist Olga Shtonda who was based in Kharkiv and known for her Google Doodle on Ukraine Independence Day in 2022, created HostJane for Ukraine's album cover artwork as a Ukrainian stamp - symbolic of the enduring bravery, hope and strength of Ukraine's women.

Ukrainian singer Olha Lishchyshyn

Ukrainian female vocalist Olha Lishchyshyn performs 2 Christian Hillsong UNITED covers on HostJane for Ukraine and introduces the album on film. © Olha Lishchyshyn

With the direct input of Olga and the courageous Kyiv-based Ukrainian lead singer, Olha Lishchyshyn; two Ukrainian women whose families have been directly impacted by the conflict, HostJane for Ukraine is a call for peace and support for Jane Doe in crisis.

Bombing of Kharkiv, Ukraine

Olga's home of Kharkiv has been bombed to ruins. Above, Kharkiv in September 2021 in YouTuber Alina Mcleod's visit compared with 6 months later in March 2022, after schools, nurseries, hospitals and people's homes in Ukraine's second-largest city were destroyed by Russian bombing. © Alina Mcleod and Oleksandr Lapshyn/Reuters

Filmed in Edinburgh, Scotland at Banana Row Studios with female vocalist Eliza Rose who offers professional singing services on HostJane and The Busking Project, HostJane for Ukraine features Christian lyrics animations of Hillsong Church songs voiced by Olha Lishchyshyn.

With access to a recording studio (pending war developments in Ukraine at the time of writing), Olha is still offering remote session singing services from Ukraine on her HostJane studio. After mechanical licensing royalties, HostJane is donating all proceeds from the album's sale to the Ukrainian Women's Fund.

Anti-invasion message with Christian values

The album comprises 5 licensed cover songs performed by Eliza Rose including Snow Patrol's Run, Bob Dylan's Knockin' On Heaven's Door, José González's Heartbearts, Ben E. King's Stand by Me, The Calling's Whereever You Will Go, and 2 animated lyrics shorts of Hillsong UNITED's Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) and Hillsong Worship's What A Beautiful Name sung by Ukrainian vocalist Olha Lishchyshyn.

Eliza Rose performing HostJane for Ukraine

Eliza Rose singing Bob Dylan's Knockin' On Heaven's Door in Edinburgh. © HostJane

Scottish filmmaker Mhairi Macdonald of Every Sole Productions shot the Edinburgh sequences of Eliza Rose at Banana Row Studios with local sound engineer, Graham Coe. Hillsong UNITED's Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) and What A Beautiful Name were animated by HostJane seller Rajkapoor from LyricsShadow studio on HostJane, an India-based freelancer offering animation and music video services on HostJane.

Team HostJane affected in Moldova

In the days following February 24, 2022 invasion day, HostJane's lead developer, Moldovan citizen Alexandr Comanici, had to stop coding work on HostJane's web app, at a critical time for our marketplace, to rescue his relatives across the border in Ukraine and get them to safety.

We temporarily lost contact with Alexandr during this scary time.

HostJane's lead developer, Alexandr Comanici

Alexandr Comanici, HostJane's lead web developer, lives in Moldova. In February 2022 Alex had to stop work on to rescue his family in Ukraine causing major coding delays. Following in the wake of the Covid pandemic, Russian military aggression has seriously impaired HostJane's progress as a small business.

HostJane has been working remotely with Alex—a critical link who laid the foundations of HostJane's marketplace side with his hard-to-find web development abilities—since 2019.

Alex coded our web app through the Covid pandemic which hit Moldova particularly hard, and stayed with us through 2 years of lockdowns. Russia's chokehold on Moldova, and its illegal invasion of the Ukraine, has had a pernicious impact on our main developer and caused us many frustrating delays. The invasion of Ukraine has systemically interrupted and changed the way our best developer and HostJane has had to operate. We committed to becoming a 100% distributed business because of the invasion.

Blackouts and uncertainty across Moldova's infrastructure under strain from an influx of Ukrainian refugees lasted well into 2022. Alexandr lost power and internet as parts of Moldova were brought to a standstill when the Moldovan government changed power supply to the EU as part of the national emergency response to the bombing of Ukraine. Today, for many in Moldova, already under pressure from Russian military-occupied Transnistria, risks and vigilance remains high.

We are deeply concerned the request of Ukraine's President for accession to the EU was not immediate with formalized NATO's military intervention, and we believe the best way for people in other countries concerned by the violence to assist is by donating to the Ukrainian Women's Fund to support innocent people who are the most in need; women and girls.

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