Women have largely been excluded as peace negotiators between Russia and Ukraine. Two women, Iryna Gerashchenko and Olga Ajvazovska, joined Ukraine’s delegation to peace talks; Russia sent an all-male delegation. Heidi Tagliavini, representing the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, have been present in mediation and third-party roles.
Since joining the Euromaidan protest movement in large numbers, women have played a powerful role in Ukrainian civil society and spearheaded relief efforts. Women-led organizations helped fund and supply the Ukrainian military; provided medical care, food, and social services to the large internally displaced population; and conducted dialogues between ethnic Ukrainian and Russian groups on the margins of formal negotiations.