The impact of the Russia-Ukraine War on women and girls

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Peace, Security & Defence
The impact of the Russia-Ukraine War on women and girls


We cannot normalise this war. This #CriticalThinkingLive conversation provides a frontline view of the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine from the perspective of a UN agency that provides support to women and girls who are in need of reproductive healthcare or are affected by sexual and gender-based violence.

In conversation with Friends of Europe’s Dharmendra Kanani and Jaime Nadal, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative to Ukraine, we bring attention to the plight of women and girls in a war context. The discussion explores how the UN agency works to achieve its mandate and the lessons that should be applied when rapidly adapting and maintaining services in a war zone.

#CriticalThinkingLive is the latest expansion in our #CriticalThinking family, bringing influential voices from across a range of sectors to challenge, inspire and influence current thinking on the biggest issues facing Europe and the world.

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Jaime Nadal

Representative to Ukraine at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

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Jaime Nadal’s career at the UNFPA has spanned over two decades. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the UNFPA representative to Brazil, Egypt and Bolivia, leading respective teams through periods of significant political change and working to advance the Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He has also held the position of deputy director for the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean office, where he was responsible for coordinating the delivery of UNFPA programme activities in 15 countries and 7 non-independent territories. Before joining UNFPA, Nadal was a consultant to local public institutions in the context of a number of EU regional development initiatives.

Dharmendra Kanani
Dharmendra Kanani

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Spokesperson of Friends of Europe

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Prior to joining Friends of Europe, Dharmendra Kanani was director of policy at the European Foundation Centre (EFC). He was the England director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK and fourth largest in the world. Dharmendra has held senior positions in the public and voluntary sectors and advisor to numerous ministerial policy initiatives across the UK.


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