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A woman hugs a child as refugees arrive from Ukraine at the Polish border. A woman hugs a child as refugees, mostly women with children, arrive from Ukraine at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland, March 6, 2022 (AP photo by Visar Kryeziu).

The War in Ukraine Will Hurt Women and Children Most

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

In an article titled “Putin’s War in Ukraine Will Not Stay in Ukraine,” published on the morning of Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion, WPR editor-in-chief Judah Grunstein argued that the ramifications of this conflict would ricochet throughout Europe. Some sort of curtain, he wrote, “seems destined to descend” across the continent.

But in addition to this spatial dimension of the fallout from this war, we should also be thinking about the generational aspects of its effects. Time and time again, we have seen that conflict exacerbates intergenerational injustice. When war breaks out, children and young people inherit tensions that they did not cause and are left to deal with the consequences for decades—and girls and young women bear the largest burden. ...

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