The war in Ukraine has had a devastating impact on women and girls around the world, widening gender gaps and increasing rates of food insecurity, malnutrition and energy poverty.
The ensuing cost-of-living crisis seriously threatened women’s livelihoods, health and well-being and hampered progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. It was propelled by wartime disruptions to oil and gas supplies and food staples, including wheat, corn and sunflower oil, as well as soaring food, fuel and food prices. fertilizers. The alarming increase in gender-based violence, transactional sex for food and survival, child marriage (with girls being forced out of school), and unpaid care and domestic work burdens for women and girls put the physical and mental health of women and girls at greater risk.
This note reviews the available evidence, recommending urgent attention to its consequences for women and girls. It complements briefings produced by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Crisis Response Group on the consequences of the war in Ukraine and global response and recovery.
Its findings underscore the global impacts on gender equality and women’s rights that have been compounded by climate change, environmental degradation and the COVID-19 pandemic. The note concludes with recommendations for essential actions to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, promoting women’s participation, leadership and decision-making and ensuring food availability and access to water. energy for women and girls and their communities everywhere.