Our Association sent the submission to the questionnaire of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against women and girls, for the forthcoming report on the girls’ and young women’s activism for the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Our responses are devoted to the situation of oppressions the young women’s activism in the Crimea. Association stressed that in the modern Crimea under full Russian control there is no possibility for young women to exercise their freedom of opinion and expression online and offline. All journalists and bloggers in peninsula are under pressure, being arrested or fined by Russia’s punitive bodies. The main challenges in this area are the “extremism” countering and permanent hate speech of Russia’s propaganda in the peninsula. Key challenges in the Crimea appear for the young women who represent the indigenous Crimean Tatar people, who have active social position, and for politic prisoners’ family members.
Association informed UN Working Group that Russian “authorities” ban any independent social activities in the Crimea, with participation of the young women, including the protests against the invaders’ policy that caused water crisis in peninsula, against vaccination by the non-effective Russia-produced “drugs”, against the limitation the crossing the boundary line with the Ukrainian mainland due to the “epidemic purposes”. We reminded to UN structures 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.