A feminist response to Russia’s war in Ukraine (2023)

Policy Brief It has been more than 10 months since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. This war has devastating effects on all parts of the Ukrainian population, but as always, the conflict effects different parts of the population in different ways. Therefore, it is essential that the international community applies a gendered and intersectional approach to their response.

In this policy brief we outline specific recommendations to the international community in the areas of:

  1. Protection needs and gender-based violence.
  2. A gendered intersectional humanitarian response.
  3. The locally driven response and women’s voice and participation in the recovery of Ukraine.

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Policy Brief—A Feminist Response to the War in Ukraine

When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, it was clear that the response from the international community in terms of diplomatic sanctions and international aid had been largely gender blind. In this first paper we provide our recommendations to the international community on how the commitments in the Women, Peace and Security agenda can be upheld, how to secure the protection needs of women and girls as well as their roles as actors for sustainable peace.

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