Issue of discrimination of the Crimean Tatar women by the Russian invaders was highlighted by the Ukraine’ state and expert representatives during the 79th session of UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. On 24th of June the Committee held, during its session, a virtual day of general discussion on the rights of indigenous women and girls, organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Mrs. Emine Dzheppar, First Deputy of Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed in her speech on examples of struggle of Crimean Tatar women, civil journalists and human rights’ defenders against invaders’ repressions. Dr. Borys Babin, expert of our Association, informed the Committee and discussion participants from 45 countries of the world on examples of both gender and racial discrimination of Crimean Tatar women in occupied Crimea. He pointed on examples of tragic death of Mrs. Veciye Qaşqa, on arrests of Lutfie Zudieva and Mumina Saliyeva, activists of the “Crimean Solidarity”, and declaring the journalist of the “ATR TV” channel Gulsum Khalilova as “internationally wanted” by the Russia’s punitive structures.
ARC’s expert informed UN Committee that there is no any possibility for feminism movement in the modern Crimea, occupied by Russia, as the “Russian state ideology” have grounds on clerical and patriarchal roots and it has a strong part of populism and propaganda. And more, Russian de-facto “authorities” do not provide any measures to protect Crimean women from sexual and gender based violence and harassment. And more, when in 2021 Ukrainian authorities passed the draft law “On Indigenous Peoples of Ukraine” to the Parliament, recognising and defending the rights of indigenous women for Crimean Tatars, Crimean Karaites and Krymchaks, the State Duma of Russia made special official statement demanding for Ukraine to recognise the statute of indigenous peoples in Ukraine not for Krymchaks or Crimean Tatars but …for ethnic Russians. Dr. Babin informed Committee that UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine and OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine have in their mandate the research on the situation with racial discrimination, also as for gender issues in the Crimea but those international structures do not pay the adequate attention on those issues in their reports; expert invited Committee to pay more attention to such issues.