💌 Women and Children in Wartime Ukraine
FemWealth Issue #51
Happy Sunday, FemWealth Friends!
More than 2.5 million people, a majority of them women and children, have left Ukraine since Russia’s illegal, full-scale invasion has started on February 24. They found refuge in neighboring countries and across Europe. Numerous others are internally displaced.
“With each kilometre I move farther from Kyiv, I am increasingly covered by a black cloud and a feeling of homelessness and helplessness. It is really painful. It is the hardest time of my life. Only now I have started to understand refugees.” - Iryna Tsilyk, an award-winning filmmaker from Kyiv
“The inclusion of women themselves in the decision-making processes and humanitarian response is (…) essential to ensure that their rights are upheld.” - Sima Bahous, Executive Director of UN Women
Ukrainian women are part of the resistance as professional soldiers, humanitarian coordinators and volunteers, and civilians. Olena Zelenska, Ukraine’s First Lady, has rightly pointed out the “current resistance has a particularly female face.”
Yet women and girls are also among the most vulnerable. The humanitarian situation of women, children, the elderly, and the disabled in areas under military attack is particularly worrying.
Numerous civilian facilities, including maternity and oncology hospitals, kindergartens, orphanages, and humanitarian corridors, have been targeted by the Russian forces. These indiscriminate attacks constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The United Nations Population Fund has estimated that 80,000 women will give birth in the next three months in Ukraine, many of them without access to critical maternal health care. Women give birth in bomb shelters, basements, and maternity hospitals under bombardment.
What mothers know about war - Polish women show solidarity with 🇺🇦 mothers
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Things to Ponder
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“Since women leaders have more engaged teams and drive better job performance, the collateral damage includes loss of engagement and productivity from every employee who now won’t be working for a woman.”
“Messages about women’s self-esteem are now so ubiquitous that their value has been placed beyond debate.”
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