Is it necessary to be a member of the Society to become its volunteer, employee, partner or recipient of services?Natalka PanchyshynNo. A member of the Society may indeed belong to any of the above groups at the same time or may not belong to any of them. Moreover, we strongly welcome the conscious and voluntary acquisition of membership by our volunteers and staff, which allows them to take an active part in the management of the Society. But membership is not a prerequisite for volunteering for the Society, getting a job with us, or receiving our services. Membership in the Society is conscious and voluntary. If you are forced to become a member of the Society, please report it to email@example.com.
Red Cross is a religious symbol?Natalka PanchyshynNeither. In fact, it is not known exactly what the founders of the International Committee of the Red Cross were guided by when they chose this symbol in Geneva in October 1863 to protect people who were helping wounded soldiers on the battlefield. The official version of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on the interpretation of the Red Cross symbol, however, has remained unchanged for over a hundred years: the red cross on a white background is only an inverted version of the Swiss flag (which is known to be a white cross on a red background) special merits of Switzerland as the birthplace of the International Movement. Therefore, the red cross on a white background has no religious or religious significance. Currently, the Red Cross is used as an emblem by 157 of the 192 national societies of the International Movement around the world, including countries where Christianity is not the dominant religion.
The Red Cross is a medical symbol, right? Can it be used by, say, any pharmacy?Natalka PanchyshynNo. The Red Cross on a white background was chosen by the founders of the International Committee for the Relief of Wounded Soldiers at the Geneva Conference in October 1863 as a symbol to be worn on doctors' armbands on the battlefield and ensure their neutral status. Therefore, the Red Cross had a protective function from the beginning. But by analogy with field physicians, it was quickly used by other medical and paramedical institutions not only on the fronts of the war but also in the rear, up to pharmacies and other stores. However, such an expanded interpretation of the Red Cross as a mere medical symbol contradicted the position of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which insisted and insists that the Red Cross symbol (as well as the Red Crescent and the Red Crystal) should be used solely to protect human beings. from any military attack, and any other application, including commercial, undermines this single function of the Red Cross emblem. These views are reflected in the Geneva Conventions and national legislation. Including the Ukrainian: Law of Ukraine "On the Symbols of the Red Cross, Red Crescent, Red Crystal in Ukraine" and the Criminal Code of Ukraine. These documents prohibit any misuse of the Red Cross emblem. This applies, inter alia, to medical facilities that do not belong to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and are not at risk of military attack. Emergency medical services, pharmacies, medical centres, etc. can instead use genuine medical symbols specifically designed for their needs: a blue "star of life" (link to the image), a green cross with a caduceus (link to the image), and so on. If you notice on a building, vehicle, person, etc. that does not belong to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the use of the Red Cross, Red Crescent or Red Crystal emblem is clearly illegal, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or visit the official page on the social network - https://www.facebook.com/RedCrossUkraine/
And if I do not want to participate in the management of the Society, but want to help financially those who need it?Natalka PanchyshynOf course, you have such an opportunity. You can buy not a membership ticket, but a charity ticket - and not for a fixed amount, but for the one you think is appropriate. The funds donated by you in this way will go to the aid of the Society to those people who need it. You can buy a charity ticket of the Society right here, on the website, or in person, by visiting any organization of the Society.
What is International Humanitarian Law (IHL)?Nataliia KrynytskaInternational Humanitarian Law (IHL) is a branch of the international law, the main goal of which is to limit the effects of armed conflict by protecting the people who do not participate in hostilities, and by restricting and regulating the means and methods of warfare available to the combatants. IHL is applied in armed conflict situations, both on the international and domestic levels. Should you have questions about IHL, please address them to the coordinator of International Humanitarian Law of URCS: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the difference between membership and volunteering in the Red Cross?Natalka PanchyshynMembership in the Red Cross of Ukraine is the organizational support of the national society. Every citizen who has made a membership fee for a fixed amount receives a membership card, which entitles him to participate in the regular elections of the governing bodies of an organization of the Society. The funds paid for the membership card are spent on ensuring the activities of the Society. A member of the Red Cross Society of Ukraine may be citizens of Ukraine and foreign citizens who recognize the Charter of the Society, the Code of Conduct for members, volunteers and employees of the Society. All members of the Society acquire the status of a member after paying the entrance fee and receiving a ticket of a member of the Society. Volunteers work in a variety of fields. This includes helping the elderly at home, working with young children, participating in campaigns and campaigns to combat the spread of socially dangerous diseases, and much more - everyone chooses the direction in which he sees himself best. Volunteers also have unique characteristics, including personal motivation and local involvement. Volunteers are part of the community. They know the needs and capabilities of the people they interact with because they are already among them. A volunteer may or may not be a member of the Society, just as a member of the Society may or may not be a volunteer. Both membership and volunteering in the Society are exclusively voluntary.
What does the Red Cross do and who does it help?Nataliia KrynytskaThe members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the national societies of the Red Cross or Red Crescent. The Red Cross Society of Ukraine is an all-Ukrainian voluntary public humanitarian organization that assists the state in providing humanitarian assistance during armed conflicts and in peacetime, participates in providing international assistance in case of disasters and emergencies, provides medical and social assistance to the most vulnerable. , teaches first aid skills, helps to recover losses due to armed conflicts, natural disasters or migration processes of family ties, provides psychosocial support, etc. For a list of our activities and information on them, see the link.
What is emergency response team of the Red Cross? How to become the volunteer of the team?Nataliia KrynytskaAn emergency response team participates in humanitarian operations on rendering first aid, medico-social and psychosocial support to the population, on evacuation of the emergency-affected population, organization of camps for temporary placement of the emergency-affected people and food stations for them and so forth. Also, volunteers of the teams participate in implementation of charitable programs for humanitarian assistance to the affected and vulnerable population groups. As a rule, members of the teams all over Ukraine patrol the mass actions (concerts, festive events, sports competitions, meetings), conduct trainings on first aid, mine safety and so forth. If you wish to join the amicable emergency response team of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, please fill-in the volunteer form.
What kind of help can I get?Nataliia KrynytskaDepending on the opportunities available to the Ukrainian Red Cross Society and depending on the programs which the Society is realizing now, which accurately designate criteria for the beneficiaries among the most vulnerable categories of the population, you can get material help (clothes, footwear, means of hygiene, products, food or pharmaceutical vouchers, etc.), psychosocial help, services of the Society patronage, etc. Please submit a package of your identifying documents and evidence of your difficult life circumstances / state of health to the nearest branch of the Ukrainian Red Cross Society. You will be told which help you can receive
What place does the Ukrainian Red Cross Society take within the International Red Cross Movement?Nataliia KrynytskaInternational Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian network in the world. Guided with the principles of neutrality and impartiality, the Movement provides assistance to victims of emergencies and armed conflicts. It consists of three components:
- International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC)
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
- 192 National Red Cross Societies, including the Ukrainian Red Cross Society.