Statement by RD4U Executive Director on International Women’s Day 2024

Statement by RD4U Executive Director on International Women’s Day 2024

This International Women's Day, we take a moment to recognise the tremendous challenges and suffering faced by women and girls due to the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

War, with its devastating impact, does not discriminate, yet amidst the devastation, the tragic loss of lives, and the displacement of millions, women have borne an extraordinarily heavy burden. From the loss of homes and loved ones to the struggle of keeping families together and safe in the face of relentless adversity, their stories are heart-wrenching.

More than 70% of the displaced within Ukraine and over 85% of those who had to find refuge abroad are women and children. 40% of recorded civilian deaths caused by the Russian aggression are women.

Women have to navigate the perils of protecting themselves and their families from physical and sexual violence, abuse, as well as the horrors of giving birth under bombardment and without proper medical assistance. With almost 300 documented (and likely many more – unreported) cases of sexual violence against women and girls during the war, and more than 2,000 civilian women detained by Russian forces as reported by NGOs, the urgency to speak out for their protection and rights is more pressing than ever.

Yet, amidst this chaos, women have risen as pillars of strength, taking on roles as leaders, protectors and caregivers in their communities. Their courage to defend liberty, human rights and democratic values in the face of aggression and their determination to rebuild what has been destroyed reflect the indomitable spirit of Ukrainians.

Soon, the Register of Damage for Ukraine will commence its operations, offering a beacon of hope for those affected to submit claims for compensation for damage, loss or injury caused by violations of international law by Russia in Ukraine. We recognize the distinct experiences of men and women in war, and are committed to applying a gender-sensitive approach in our work, with utmost care in our procedures for submission of claims and their processing. Our aim is to eliminate gender barriers, accurately account for gender-specific needs, especially in protecting the rights of the most vulnerable, including women and children. Ensuring that justice is accessible to all is a cornerstone of our mission, and we are dedicated to making this a reality – every victim will get to tell their story.

On this day, we not only celebrate the achievements and resilience of women but also renew our commitment to championing their rights and addressing their unique challenges during these tumultuous times. Together, we advocate for a future where every woman and child's dignity and rights are respected and protected.

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