Gender-based violence (“GBV”) is a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against one of the sexes. It includes all acts of violence based on gender which result or may result in physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering of either males or females. It includes threats to commit such acts of coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, regardless of whether it happens in public or in private life.
It is acknowledged that the level of GBV is heightened during the armed conflict due to a breakdown of law and order as well as polarization of gender roles. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of GBV cases were recorded during the intense fighting in Eastern Ukraine.
Authors: Volodymyr Shcherbachenko, Ganna Ianova, Olexandr Pavlichenko
Date of publication: 2017