The majority of Ukrainian refugees seeking asylum in neighboring countries are women. This International Women’s Day, take a look at photos of some of these courageous women photographed at various border crossings since the war began.
As the war in Ukraine rages and Russian military forces continue to invade the sovereign nation, the Ukrainian people have shown the world they will do whatever it takes to keep their country free.
Since the Russian invasion began on February 23, we have seen resilience from the Ukrainian people. The Ukrainian military, volunteers and ordinary citizens who love their country have stayed behind to fight, aid civilians and provide support where they can. While these individuals are vital to the survival of Ukraine as an independent democracy, so are refugees forced to flee for safety outside of Ukraine’s borders.
Men of fighting age are required to stay behind and defend Ukraine, making women and children the majority of refugees seeking asylum in neighboring countries. Many of these women have left family members behind to fight and are travelling with children, other family, friends or in some cases, alone.
A number of these women don’t know where they will go, where they will stay or what their life is going to look like from one day to the next.
In addition to the refugee women, there are also women in the Ukrainian military helping defend their country. In a video circulated on social media Monday (3/7), a group of armed Ukrainian women sent a strong message.
On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate these women. I pray for them, I stand with them, and I stand with Ukraine.
Options to Donate to Ukraine:
HuffPost shared this article with information on Etsy shops where digital products are available for purchase from Ukrainian sellers.
World Central Kitchen provides food to Ukrainian Refugees.
Book an Airbnb in Ukraine even though you won’t visit. This provides funds to local residents.
The Kyiv Independent has started a GoFundMe to help support their news organization.
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