How Women Politicians Lead Ukraine to Victory? PoliTALKynia & War

20 June, 04:13 PM
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Hanna Hopko with Yuliia Vusenko in a discussion of “PoliTALKynia & War” project (Photo:International Republican Institute)

Hanna Hopko with Yuliia Vusenko in a discussion of “PoliTALKynia & War” project (Photo:International Republican Institute)

Eight Ukrainian women politicians share how they work under conditions of war and fight on their own front. How the tears of women politicians penetrate the souls of foreign policymakers. How politicians belonging to different parties, but of the same family, stand united. How they work in territories under the heavy enemy fire. 

This series of conversations “PoliTALKynia & War” is launched by the International Republican Institute together with the Ukrainian Women's Democracy Network with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

We want to show the courage of Ukrainian women politicians. To make every Ukrainian woman understand the importance of fighting on her own front – in Ukraine or abroad, at home or at work. We want to tell the world about the courage and resilience of Ukrainian women politicians, about every step leading to victory, not only for Ukraine but for the entire democratic world,” explains Michael Druckman, Director of the International Republican Institute in Ukraine.

The participants of the project are current and former women MPs of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine as well as local councilors. Women politicians represent different political forces, but fight for a common victory. They are from the government or civil society sector, but work together  in synergy.

Shootings of “PoliTALKynia & War” project with Mariia Mezentseva (Фото: International Republican Institute)
Shootings of “PoliTALKynia & War” project with Mariia Mezentseva / Фото: International Republican Institute

One of the participants is Mariia Mezentseva, a Ukrainian MP from the Servant of the People party and Head of the permanent delegation to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly. Mariia is actively working for Ukraine's accession to the EU. As well as her colleague in this area of work Mariia Ionova, a Ukrainian MP who represents the European Solidarity party.

The so-called women's international political front is represented by another participant of the project Aliona Shkrum, an MP from the Batkivshchyna party. Aliona demonstrates political unity through the example of her own family – with her husband Dmytro Natalukha from the Servant of the People party.

Aliona Shkrum with Yuliia Vusenko in a discussion of “PoliTALKynia & War” project (Фото: International Republican Institute)
Aliona Shkrum with Yuliia Vusenko in a discussion of “PoliTALKynia & War” project / Фото: International Republican Institute

Nothing prevents civil society activist Hanna Hopko, former head of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, from being a part of the women's international political front.

A former Ukrainian MP and regional council member Oksana Yurynets, who is a co-founder of Ukraine's first women's veteran forum ReHub, also took part in the “PoliTALKynia & War” project. As well as a Ukrainian Member of Parliament Yana Zinkevych, who at the same time serves as a volunteer in the army.

Oksana Yurynets with Yuliia Vusenko in a discussion of “PoliTALKynia & War” project (Фото: International Republican Institute)
Oksana Yurynets with Yuliia Vusenko in a discussion of “PoliTALKynia & War” project / Фото: International Republican Institute

The “PoliTALKynia & War” talk is hosted by Yuliia Vusenko, IRI trainer and member of the Volyn regional council: “I understand how difficult it is for every woman politician and every Ukrainian woman today. I myself am both a politician and woman, so during our conversations I try to raise the most important issues that are of concern to women politicians today.”

“This project should inspire women politicians and all Ukrainian women to continue their struggle - until we win,” says Iryna Slavova, head of the Ukrainian Women's Democracy Network and a co-organizer of the project.

Watch the first episode of “PoliTALKynia & War” project .

The International Republican Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, organization dedicated to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide. IRI works in over 100 countries of the world. In Ukraine IRI has been working since 1994 to develop local self-government, to increase professionalism and responsibility of politicians, to involve citizens in governance, and to strengthen political leadership among women and youth.

Ukrainian Women's Democracy Network is a part of the global initiative of the International Republican Institute -  Women's Democracy Network. In Ukraine the network has been working since 2017 and already unites more than 500 women-leaders, MPs and local government officials from all over Ukraine with representatives of state authorities to promote common interests and assert equal rights and opportunities of women and men.

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