Sexual and Gender-Based Violence against Women in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Author: Melanie O’Brien
Published: 08.06.2022
In April 2022, it was reported that Ukrainian law enforcement intercepted a phone call between a Russian soldier and his wife. In the phone call, they joked about the soldier raping Ukrainian women. His wife told him, “Yes, I allow it. Just wear protection”. The shockingly cavalier attitude of these two young Russian people towards rape emanates from the traditionally gendered nature of war and a history of Russian soldiers carrying out the rape of women with impunity. Wars are inherently gendered and have been since time immemorial. War’s traditional structure is that men go to fight, while women stay…