Feminist Perspective on Russia’s War in Ukraine: Hear Our Voices aims to give voices to feminist scholars from Ukraine and the wider Central and Eastern European (CEE) region. This volume, recognizing the long-neglected nature of the war evolving since 2014, offers a compilation of essays contributed by scholars spanning diverse disciplines and practitioners alike. Employing a wide array of data sources and methodologies—encompassing archival research, media analysis, legal examination, surveys, in-depth interviews, participant observation, and feminist autoethnography—this book undertakes a broader exploration of how gender norms have been transgressed and cultural expectations of womanhood and manhood have evolved within the context of Ukraine from 2014–2023. Representing an early collaborative effort among Ukrainian and CEE feminist scholars, this compilation aims to showcase locally nurtured perspectives on Russia's invasion of Ukraine to a worldwide audience, with the overarching goal of sparking the development of fresh methodologies and approaches that can untangle the complex interconnection between gender and warfare.
Maryna Shevtsova is an MSCA-Cofund EUTOPIA postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a senior FWO fellow with KU Leuven, Belgium.
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Introduction. Gendering Russia’s War in Ukraine
1. From “Berehynya” and “Beauty” to Women’s Agency: Media Images of Women in the Context of Russia’s War on Ukraine
2. Gender, Men, and Masculinities on Euromaidan Protests and War in Ukraine
Tamara Martsenyuk and Maryna Shevtsova
3. Parallel Identities: LGBTQ+ Soldiers and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ivan Shmatko and Dafna Rachok
4. Nudes Buy Army Boots: Agency, Subjectivity, and the Erotic During War (the TerOnlyFans
5. All Roads Lead to the Railway Station: How Young Ukrainian Refugee Volunteer Women
Challenge Sexism, Racism, And Homophobia in Refugee Support Networks
Daria Krivonos, Sonya Fam, Polina Kotlina, Mariia Kvych
6. Rsn Pzd: Ukrainian Women and Obscene Language in the Context of Russia's Full-Fledged
Invasion of Ukraine
Mariya Shcherbyna and Olga Zvyeryeva
7. Untold Stories: Experiences of Ukrainian LGBTQ+ Refugees in the Context of Russia’s Military Invasion
8. Not All Quiet on the Northern Front: Belarusian Female Activists and Russia’s War Against
9. National Action Plan on UNHCR 1325 “Women, Peace and Security” in Ukraine: Meeting the
Context of a Full-scale War
10. Loud and Uncomfortable Silences: Ukraine and the Challenges, Limits, and Possibilities of
Western Feminist Foreign Policies
11. What Peace When We Win: Decolonizing Feminist Visions of Peace in Ukraine
Oksana Potapova and Míla O’Sullivan
Conclusion. Charting New Frontiers in Understanding Russia's War in Ukraine
About the Contributors
This unique collection brings together scholars and activists who, on the verge of writing, have faced massive changes concerning their own lives and respective profession after the full-scale attack on Ukraine. It is with this in mind that Maryna Shevtsova has collected essays that truly speak to the international feminist (scientific) community, showing what a decolonial feminist approach in international relations, peace, and security studies might look like in the present time. Ranging from analyses of masculinity and femininity in times of war, a critical reading of the feminist foreign policy agenda, a decolonial perspective on peace, to how a non-Western view on the history of the region can describe developments fully, this is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand how lived experiences look like in times of war and what we can all learn from these rich insights.
This book is indispensable for anyone who seeks to understand Ukraine’s steadfast defiance in the face of Russia’s war. Maryna Shevtsova has brought together an outstanding interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners to illuminate and theorize the lived experience of war through a Ukrainian feminist lens that is generous and groundbreaking. The authors narrate and theorize the contributions and resistance practices of women and the LGBTQ community during the war—and the novel ways that gender and sexual identity have interacted with the war effort.