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Women have played a key role in defending Ukraine, keeping their families and innocent children safe and responding to the invasion by the Russian Federation. In the first six weeks of fighting in Ukraine, more than 4.3 million Ukrainians, of which the majority are women and children, fled the country in response to Putin’s war.
Women who remain in Ukraine contribute to all aspects of warfighting, including by fighting on the frontlines and as part of the territorial defense, delivering supplies and weapons and preparing cities for assaults by the Russian Federation. The women of Ukraine have a long history of defending Ukraine and standing up for their rights and freedom, and currently make up 17% of the country’s armed forces.
Despite significant contributions to the war effort, outdated legislation in Ukraine classifies women as cooks, tailors and administrative assistants, even while women are fighting and dying on the frontlines beside their male counterparts.
S. Res. 589, “A resolution recognizing, honoring, and commending the women of Ukraine who have contributed to the fight for freedom and the defense of Ukraine,” acknowledges that women are often the targets of deliberate violence during conflicts, which is evident through Russia’s deliberate attacks on maternity wards and use of rape as a weapon of war. The bipartisan resolution calls on all countries to provide aid to refugees and support women in Ukraine who are keeping families and children safe, delivering supplies and weapons, administering medical care, fighting as part of the armed forces and more.
S. Res. 589 was introduced on April 7 by a bipartisan group of women senators, led by Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). All 24 female senators sponsor or co-sponsor the resolution. Please urge your senators to co-sponsor and support S. Res. 589. If they have already sponsored or co-sponsored the bill, you can send a message of thanks.