Throughout history, women and girls have carried the burdens of war as a scar on their bodies.
As the Ukraine conflict continues, news of women being targeted by sexual violence is emerging. Rape as a war of weapon is not something new but it has been overlooked for too long.
Women and girls caught in the middle of war experience sexual violence, physical and verbal abuse. Conflicts preset a huge backsliding in equality, from girls losing out on education to increased rates of child marriage.
Despite laws recognizing rape as a weapon of war in 1949, women and girls are facing increased gender-based violence in conflicts as far apart as Ukraine, Tigray, Afghanistan, and many more.
Even when they survive war and get to refugee camps, UN research shows that 1 in 5 women and girls has experienced sexual violence.
This issue and women’s experiences need to be heard. Take our quiz and learn more about how women are impacted in conflict areas.