Ukraine: Not a private matter: domestic and sexual violence against women in Eastern Ukraine

Gender-based violence is a serious human rights issue in Ukraine that touches on the lives of many people, but disproportionately affects women and girls. Gender inequality, implicit cultural and societal norms and attitudes, as well as gaps in protection and lack of adequate response from the government – all contribute to high levels of gender-based violence against women in the country. This report is focusing on gender-based violence in the government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in particular on how domestic violence against women is aggravated by the conflict, and on sexual violence against women perpetrated by members of military forces.

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