Ukrainian Women at War: The Successes and Challenges of the “Invisible Battalion”

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building, 420 W 118th St)

Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University for a presentation by Tamara Martsenyuk entitled Ukrainian Women at War: The Successes and Challenges of the “Invisible Battalion”.

Recent events in Ukraine connected with the Euromaidan protests of 2013-2014, and, later, with the armed conflict in the eastern part of the country, brought changes into women’s lives and in their roles both in society and in their families. During these turbulent events, Ukrainian women managed to challenge traditional gender roles (as mothers and victims of conflict) and gained visibility and respect as revolutionaries and volunteers.

When the so-called Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) started, women joined the front lines of the war in the Donbas as volunteers, journalists, medical staff, and military. But female fighters, as well as women in the Ukrainian army in general, encounter issues with gender discrimination and recognition. The results of the “Invisible Battalion” project (2016-2017) will be discussed via the roles of women’s participation in ATO and through their fight for equal rights and opportunities in the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Tamara Martsenyuk holds a PhD (Candidate of Sciences) in Sociology and her research interest focuses on the social structure of society and, particularly, on gender relations. In 2017-2018 she is a Fulbright Scholar at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. Tamara is also Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine). Her courses include “Introduction to Gender Studies”, “Gender and Politics”, “Feminism as Social Movement and Social Theory”, “Masculinity and Men’s Studies”, and others. Recently Tamara was DAAD Visiting Professor (Germany) and Petro Yacyk Fellow (Canada). She is the author of around 80 academic publications, chapters of textbooks and chapters of books (Gender, Politics and Society in Ukraine, published in Toronto University Press in 2012). Tamara’s latest research is connected with women’s activism in Ukraine, particularly in the 2013-2014 Euromaidan protests and in the war in the Donbas (the "Invisible battalion": women's participation in the military operations in the ATO).

This event is free and open to the public.