Women in Ukraine: Fighting Back

For the past couple of weeks, we have been hearing about the devastation of Putin's war in Ukraine. I recently watched a video on Tik Tok made by a man who said, "All men have to stay in the Ukraine and fight, while women are doing nothing. Where are feminists saying that this is unfair?" This video upset me for many reasons. One is that we should not be blaming man-made wars and man-issued laws on women. The second is that one should not exploit the suffering of an entire nation to spread misogynist misinformation. Lastly, women in Ukraine are doing something! They peacefully advocate, use diplomacy, take care of their children, volunteer at borders, and even stay behind to fight. In tandem with International Women's day, I thought I would highlight how women in Ukraine are fighting back. "Women and marginalized peoples have not only been victims but leaders in crisis response, acting as frontline healthcare workers, unpaid caregivers, and community mobilizers" (Global Fund For Women)