From the editor

Nearly a year after Russia’s invasion, we examine what Ukraine’s resilience has taught us – and how women caught up in conflict the world over are fighting back.

The World Today Published 3 February 2023 Updated 2 February 2023 1 minute READ

Roxanne Escobales

Former Editor, The World Today, Communications and Publishing

Waves of refugees. The horrors discovered in liberated villages and cities. In the past year since Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, the impact of war on women has been hidden in plain sight.

‘Women, we know, are the first to be affected by war, and the last to be taken into account when it ends,’ said Angelina Jolie, the Special Envoy to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, in 2015. Despite internationally adopted resolutions, and overwhelming evidence of women’s central role in sustainable peace, a lack of action on accommodating and including women persists.

To honour both women and Ukraine, we offer a collection of stories in two interconnected parts.

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