On March 8, women and men, human rights defenders, lawyers traditionally fill the streets of Ukrainian cities to remind the need to continue the fight for women’s rights and the fight against gender inequality.
Today, women and men, human rights defenders, lawyers continue their struggle, also on the streets of Ukrainian cities. This has been going on for almost 2 weeks, since February 24, when the darkness, in the face of the Russian Federation, tried to take away our future, our development and our rights.
The war and the struggle for life do not contradict to the slogans and demands that are usually loud on March 8: women are in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other security forces, women are in the ranks of volunteer, human rights organizations that provide rear and help tens and hundreds of thousands people who were forced to leave their homes; women are in the ranks of delegations that ensure Ukraine’s position in the international arena. There are women in all structures that ensure the activities of a warring country.
And this is one of our common achievements – when everyone is in their place, despite their gender identity.
At the same time, March 8 is the International Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace, because women have a special impact on the war, and it can be more long-term than the war itself. The women give birth in bomb shelters, sometimes without medical care, risking their own health and lives without being able to make a choice. The women are at high risk of violence (including sexual violence) during the occupation. The women are fully responsible for the lives and health of their children and provide them with food and warmth, even under shooting and bombing.
Dear Ukrainian women and men, lawyers. Our common victory is beyond doubt! Liberty-loving, the ability and desire to defend their rights and borders (in all senses) stop the Russian aggressor. And after the victory, we will review and consolidate our achievements on the path to gender equality, because it is not just a struggle for justice – it is part of the struggle of darkness with light.
🔹 Almost 7,000 women – servicemen of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine met on March 8, 2022, with weapons in their hands and side by side with men repelling Russian aggression, according to the command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces. (As of December 2021, according to the Personnel Center of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the total number of women servicemen in the Armed Forces was 32,569)
🔸 The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports that from February 24, 2022 to March 6, 2022, 406 civilians were killed: 77 men, 45 women, 8 boys and 4 girls. The sex of 15 children and 257 adults has not yet been determined. However, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights believes that the real figures are much higher. Because the receipt of information from places of active military action is delayed, and some cases require verification.
🔹 According to the UN, as of March 7, more than 1.7 million civilians had fled Ukraine due to the Russian invasion. These are mostly women and children, as men between the ages of 18 and 60 are not allowed to leave the country. And at least 160,000 people in Ukraine who fled the war are internally displaced persons.
🔸 Since the beginning of a full-scale war, more than 4,000 babies have been born in different parts of Ukraine, according to the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine (as of March 6).
And these children will definitely grow up in a free, strong, democratic, equal Ukraine, where the light has overcome the darkness!”