Manifesto of Russian feminists against the war

As Russian citizens and feminists, we condemn this war. Feminism as a political force cannot be on the side of a war of aggression and military occupation. The feminist movement in Russia fights for the weakest and for the development of a just society with equal opportunities and prospects, in which there can be no room for violence and military conflict.
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24 Februaryaio, at around 5:30 a.m. Moscow time, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a 'special operation' on the territory of Ukraine to 'denazify' and 'demilitarise' this sovereign state. This operation had been in preparation for a long time. For several months, Russian troops had been moving to the border with Ukraine, but the authorities in our country denied any possibility of a military attack. We now know that this was a lie.

Russia has declared war on its neighbours. It has not granted Ukraine the right to self-determination or any hope of living in peace. We declare - and not for the first time - that the Russian government has been provoking wars for eight years. The war in the Donbas is a consequence of the illegal annexation of Crimea. We believe that Russia and its president are not - and have never been - concerned about the fate of the people in Luhansk and Donetsk, and the recognition of the republics after eight years was only an pretext for the invasion of Ukraine under the guise of liberation.

As Russian citizens, and as feminists, we condemn this war. Feminism as a political force cannot be on the side of a war of aggression and military occupation.. The feminist movement in Russia fights for vulnerable groups and for the development of a just society with equal opportunities and perspectives, in which there can be no place for violence and military conflicts.

War means violence, poverty, forced migration, broken lives, insecurity and lack of future. It is irreconcilable with the essential values and objectives of the feminist movement.. The war exacerbates gender inequality and sets back women's human rights achievements by many years, and more. War brings with it not only the violence of bombs and bullets, but also the also sexual violenceAs history shows, the risk of being raped during war increases dramatically for any woman. For these and many other reasons, Russian feminists and those who share feminist values must take a strong stand against this war unleashed by the authorities in our country.

The current war, as demonstrated by Putin's speeches, is also being fought under the flag of 'traditional values declared by the government's ideologues - values that Russia has allegedly decided to promote around the world like a missionary, using violence against those who refuse to accept them or hold other views. Anyone capable of critical thinking well understands that these 'traditional values' include inequality between men and women, exploitation of women and state repression against those whose lifestyle, self-determination and actions do not conform to strict patriarchal norms. Justifying the occupation of a neighbouring state with the desire to promote such distorted norms and pursue demagogic 'liberation' is another reason why feminists across Russia must oppose this war with all their energy.

Today, feminists are one of the few active political forces in Russia. For a long time, the Russian authorities did not perceive us as a dangerous political movement, and therefore we have been temporarily less affected by state repression than other political groups. Currently more than forty-five different feminist organisations operate throughout the country, from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok, from Rostov-on-Don to Ulan-Ude and Murmansk. We call on Russian feminist groups and individual feminists to join the Anti-Guerr Feminist Resistance.and to join forces to actively oppose the war and the government that started it. We also call on feminists around the world to join our resistance. We are many, and together we can do a lot: In the last ten years, the feminist movement has gained enormous media and cultural power. It's time to turn it into political power. We are the opposition to war, patriarchy, authoritarianism and militarism. We are the future that will prevail.

FWe appeal to feminists all over the world:

Join peaceful demonstrations and launch campaigns in presence and online against the war in Ukraine and Putin's dictatorship by organising your own actions. Feel free to use the symbol of the Feminist Anti-War Resistance movement in your materials and publications, as well as the hashtags #FeministAntiWarResistance and #FeministsAgainstWar.

Distribute information about the war in Ukraine and Putin's aggression. We need the whole world to support Ukraine at this time and refuse to help the Putin regime in any way.

Share this manifesto with others. It is necessary to show that feminists are against this war - and any war. It is also essential to show that there are still Russian activists who are ready to unite in opposition to the Putin regime. Now we are all in danger of persecution by the state and we need your support.

Translation by Maria Celeste. English text to follow

On February 24, at around 5:30 AM Moscow time, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced a "special operation" on the territory of Ukraine in order to "denazify" and "demilitarize" this sovereign state. This operation had long been in preparation. For several months, Russian troops were moving up to the border with Ukraine. At the same time, the leadership of our country denied any possibility of a military attack. Now we see that this was a lie.

Russia has declared war on its neighbour. It did not allow Ukraine the right to self-determination nor any hope of a peaceful life. We declare - and not for the first time - that war has been waged for the last eight years at the initiative of the Russian government. The war in Donbas is a consequence of the illegal annexation of Crimea. We believe that Russia and its president are not and have never been concerned about the fate of people in Luhansk and Donetsk, and the recognition of the republics after eight years was only a pretext for the invasion of Ukraine under the guise of liberation.

As Russian citizens and feminists, we condemn this war. Feminism as a political force cannot be on the side of a war of aggression and military occupation. The feminist movement in Russia struggles for vulnerable groups and the development of a just society with equal opportunities and prospects, in which there can be no place for violence and military conflicts.

War means violence, poverty, forced displacement, broken lives, insecurity, and the lack of a future. It is irreconcilable with the essential values and goals of the feminist movement. War exacerbates gender inequality and sets back gains for human rights by many years. War brings with it not only the violence of bombs and bullets but also sexual violence: as history shows, during war, the risk of being abducted increases several times for any woman. For these and many other reasons, Russian feminists and those who share feminist values need to take a strong stand against this war unleashed by the leadership of our country.

The current war, as Putin's addresses show, is also fought under the banner of the "traditional values" declared by government ideologues - values that Russia allegedly decided to promote throughout the world as a missionary, using violence against those who refuse to accept them or hold other views. Anyone who is capable of critical thinking understands well that these "traditional values" include gender inequality, exploitation of women, and state repression against those whose way of life, self-identification, and actions do not conform with narrow patriarchal norms. The justification of the occupation of a neighbouring state by the desire to promote such distorted norms and pursue a demagogic "liberation" is another reason why feminists throughout Russia must oppose this war with all their energy.

Today feminists are one of the few active political forces in Russia. For a long time, Russian authorities did not perceive us as a dangerous political movement, and therefore we were temporarily less affected by state repression than other political groups. Currently more than forty-five different feminist organisations are operating throughout the country, from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok, from Rostov-on-Don to Ulan-Ude and Murmansk. We call on Russian feminist groups and individual feminists to join the Feminist Anti-War Resistance and unite forces to actively oppose the war and the government that started it. We also call on feminists all over the world to join our resistance. We are many, and together we can do a lot: Over the past ten years, the feminist movement has gained enormous media and cultural power. It is time to turn it into political power. We are the opposition to war, patriarchy, authoritarianism, and militarism. We are the future that will prevail.

We call on feminists around the world:

  • Join peaceful demonstrations and launch offline and online campaigns against the war in Ukraine and Putin's dictatorship, organising your own actions. Feel free to use the symbol of the Feminist Anti-War Resistance movement in your materials and publications, as well as hashtags #FeministAntiWarResistance and #FeministsAgainstWar.
  • Distribute the information about the war in Ukraine and Putin's aggression. We need the whole world to support Ukraine at this moment and to refuse to help Putin's regime in any way.
  • Share this manifesto with others. It's necessary to show that feminists are against this war - and any type of war. It's also essential to demonstrate that there are still Russian activists who are ready to unite in opposition to Putin's regime. We are all in danger of persecution by the state now and need your support.

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