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Ukrainian women face serious risks during Russian aggression


Since the start of the Russian invasion, now in its second year, women living in war zones in Ukraine have faced grave risks, increased burden of responsibilities and stress and deprivation. huge. This is stated in the report, which was published by the international human rights organization Amnesty International on March 8.

“Time and time again, women bear the brunt of the hardships that arise during wars. They are constantly at the forefront of conflict – as soldiers and combatants, doctors and nurses, volunteers, peace activists, guardians of their communities and families, internally displaced people, refugees and too often as victims and survivors” , said Agnès Callamard. Amnesty International.

“A full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine is no different (from similar situations). Women facing increasing sexual and gender-based violence and dangerous health conditions are also forced to make life-changing decisions for their families. At the same time, women are often excluded from decision-making and their rights and needs remain unprotected and unmet,” Callamard added.

Amnesty International calls on the international community to support and show solidarity with women who suffered human rights violations during Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. Ensuring the safety of civilians, especially those stranded in war zones, as well as access to financial assistance and services, including health care, is essential in times of war. At the same time, those who have committed crimes in accordance with international law must be held accountable, the organization stresses.

Amnesty International documents war crimes and alleged crimes against humanity committed in Ukraine. Today’s report brings together the harrowing testimonies of Ukrainian women, detailing the impact of the invasion on their safety, health and well-being.

The organization stressed that women should be able to participate actively in decision-making processes at all levels, so that their specific needs and views are reflected and taken into account in laws, policies and practices.

As the full-scale invasion enters its second year, children grow up early, while women are forced to navigate difficult and dangerous paths to safety while taking on the increased burden of caring for loved ones.

Amnesty International calls on the international community to work together to ensure the effective participation of women in decision-making processes, from international discussions on financial aid, reparations and reconstruction efforts to the provision of humanitarian aid and legal proceedings to victims and all survivors of large-scale violence. Russian aggression.

“Only through the participation of women at all levels can we ensure that women’s needs are met, supported and prioritized, and that women’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled,” Amnesty International said in a statement. a statement.

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