One year after the invasion of Ukraine, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) warns that the war is having a devastating effect on women and girls.
Nearly a third of Ukraine’s population – some 14 million people – have been forced to flee their homes. The refugee crisis is overwhelmingly a migration of women and children.
In Ukraine, 10 million people are at risk of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress. In the last year there have been more than 760 attacks against health facilities.
Around 195,000 babies were born in Ukraine in 2022 amid the chaos of war. Many pregnant women have been forced to give birth in basements and bomb shelters in unsanitary conditions.
The war, and the massive displacements it has caused, have increased the risk of violence -including sexual violence-, exploitation and abuse against women and girls. In response, more than 120,000 people have received GBV assistance and referrals through UNFPA-supported protection services in Ukraine over the past year.
UNFPA has established more than 48 centers for survivors of violence and women at risk across Ukraine, including shelters, crisis rooms, a national hotline and more than 100 mobile support teams.
Source: Euronews Español