Trigger warning: Sexual violence and rape


It’s been little more than a week since Russia launched its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, yet the atrocities are mounting fast. Already, reports of rape by soldiers are emerging, alongside tales of trafficking gangs targeting women fleeing the conflict. The resulting refugee crisis is already the largest seen in Europe since World War II.


As with many modern wars, men have taken the fighter role while women have been forced to hunker down or flee, oftentimes with children. It is reported that one million fled Ukraine in the week following Russia’s invasion.


Yet while the conflict in Ukraine is unlike anything seen in Europe for a generation, ongoing unrest continues in Afghanistan, the DRC, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and elsewhere too. And in the midst of every one of these wars, it is women bearing the burden of violence, poverty, and inequality.


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