Spurred by President Viktor Yanukovych’s abrupt decision in November 2013 to pull Ukraine away from an association agreement with the European Union, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians came to the main square, or maidan. Their desire to be part of Europe was amplified by their frustration at widespread corruption that ultimately robbed citizens of their dignity. Thus, the revolt became known as the “Euromaidan Revolution” or the “Revolution of Dignity.” The documentary “Women of Maidan” is about Ukrainian women’s role in the iconic quest for freedom and justice.
There are two upcoming screenings/discussions:
March 23, 1 PM – 3 PM
U.S. Institute of Peace and the Atlantic Council
2301 Constitution Avenue, NW
Olha Onyshko, the Producer and Director “Women of Maidan” will introduce the film at USIP and answer questions afterwards. Setting the scene in advance of the film with a discussion of developments in Ukraine since the revolution and their global implications will be two former U.S. ambassadors to Ukraine, William B. Taylor and John Herbst, as well as Melanne Verveer, who was the first U.S. ambassador for global women’s issues, and Steven E. Steiner, who served 36 years in the U.S. Foreign Service before stints in the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and in the Office of Global Women’s Issues.
March 28, 6:30 PM – 9:PM
Congressional Auditorium (Capitol Visitors Center)
As part of celebrating Women’s Month in the US Capitol. Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) sponsors a very special event on The Role of Women in the Revolution of Dignity 2013-2014 and its impact on the current situation in Ukraine and the world. In these iconic times please come to salute the courage of Ukrainian women in their stand for human rights, freedom and justice. The event will include a screening of the film “Women of Maidan” and a dynamic discussion. The special guests include Viktoria Voronovych, Hero of Maidan, Head of the International Alliance for Fraternal Assistance and Anna Kovalenko – Head of All Women’s Battalion #39 during the Revolution of Dignity, fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Institute, Zenia Chernyk – Help Wounded of Ukraine initiative, Ukrainian Federation of America, Chair and President, Maryna Baydyuk – Co-founder, United Help Ukraine, Nadia McConnell – Historic Perspective of Women’s Political Involvement in Ukraine; Marie Principe – Author, Women in Nonviolent Movements Report. Olha Onyshko, “Women of Maidan” Film Producer and Director will moderate the discussion.