Russian Federation

Map source: Human Rights Watch

Russia, population 142 million, is located in Asia.

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 led to political, economic, and social challenges for most Russians that continue to present day.  As a result, they have faced high unemployment rates, wage cuts and delays, and unsafe working conditions. Women have been disproportionately impacted by the unstable conditions and experience high rates of unemployment and poverty.  In addition, women in the Caucasus have suffered due to prolonged and spreading conflict in the region.  Domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and human trafficking persist as serious problems in contemporary Russia.  Women in rural areas and of non-Russian ethnic backgrounds can face additional obstacles.

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