russia’s War in Ukraine: Women, Security, Resilience
With Svitlana Babenko, Project researcher at GPS and MIM and Mariia Tyschenko, , Honorary Doctor of Malmö University
When: October 18th, 15:15-17:00
Where? Seminar room, 9th floor or on Zoom
Our presentation is based on the analysis of this year’s report on the implementation of UN Resolution 1325 “Women, Pease, Security” in Ukraine, and sociological research on the discussed issues under the full-scaled russian war in Ukraine.
russia’s war in Ukraine has been disproportionately affecting women from the beginning of the war in 2014. According to official statistics, the number of women predominates among internally displaced persons (IDPs), unemployed IDPs, victims of gender-based violence(GBV), and other vulnerable groups. Over 14,5 million people in Ukraine have been forced to leave their homes due to the russian full-scaled invasion in 2022, among them, 7,5 million fleeing to Europe, and above 7 million are internally displeased in Ukraine, as well as an uncounted number of people are fourthly displaced to russia from temporary occupied Ukrainian territories. About 70% of refugees are women. Displaced women and girls in Ukraine are three times more likely to experience GBV than those who are not displaced. Women are also struggling to get paid jobs. In 2019 among IDPs who have been actively seeking employment in Ukraine, 79% are women.
Moreover, due to existing discrimination, double burden, and gender stereotypes; women account for 90% of respondents who are engaged in housework, childcare, and other household activities. Thus, women not only have a greater dependence on social benefits but also fewer opportunities to participate in social and political life. Affected by russia’s war, women need more help and support on an individual level: security and displacement issues, humanitarian problems, psychological support, etc. But also, actions are required to deal with complex collective issues, such as an increase of GBV, sexual trafficking and exploitation, lack of access to life-saving sexual and reproductive healthcare, and fostering of traditional roles, and gender stereotypes.
The presentation is followed up with a round table discussion on the following questions:
- How to localize the goals of 1325 to the regional and community level during the emergency phase of the russia’s war in Ukraine?
- How do support Ukrainian women under multiple challenges of war and refugeeing?
- What can University, RUCARR (Russian Studies) and the academic community do for informational support of Ukraine to overcome wide spreading russian propaganda and mythology?
Looking forward for your participation!
Svitlana Babenko PhD in Sociology, Docent, project researcher at GPS and MIM, Malmo University; Head of MA Program Gender Studies with double degree with Lund University at Faculty of Sociology, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
Mariia Tyschenko PhD in Political Science, Docent, Honorary Doctor of Malmo University, NGO “Poruch”, Ukraine