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Meet Ukraine’s “Invisible battalion” of women

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Brave beauty. Twelve fearless women are depicted on a Ukrainian calendar for 2016. However, they represent a much larger group of Ukrainian female soldiers, whose service is usually left unnoticed. These women deserve to be called brave not only because they actually participate in the war in eastern Ukraine. They also fight on the invisible front of stereotypes, humiliation and underestimation. That is the reason why the women in Ukrainian army were metaphorically named the “Invisible Battalion” in the first sociological study on women’s participation in the Donbas war.

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