Social trend emerging in Ukraine: women are not merely victims in the war, but also active participants in the fight against the enemy — Kateryna Levchenko
One year into russia’s full-scale invasion, the issues of women’s rights and gender equality remain a part of high politics. Kateryna Levchenko, Government Commissioner for Gender Policy, made this statement at a briefing at Media Center Ukraine — Ukrinform.
“First of all, it is necessary to mention the women who defend Ukraine with weapons in their hands. There are over 50,000 of them in the Armed Forces, there are tens of thousands in the National Guard, the State Border Guard Service, and the National Police of Ukraine. These numbers are growing, which is also an indicator that women are taking an active part in the defense. This is very important, because very often in the military-related discourse, women are viewed exclusively as the victims in the context of war. There is no doubt that war disproportionately affects women, families, and children. But we in Ukraine are creating a new model, which suggests that women are not only the injured party, but also active participants in the struggle for the country’s freedom. This social trend is supported by the government,” — Levchenko said.
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