International Human Rights Day
December 10, 2013
The Ukrainian National Women's League of
America joins the global community in commemorating
International Human Rights Day on December 10th 2013.
Ironically, on International Human Rights Day, the people of
Ukraine continue to stand on the EuroMaidan in Kyiv, as they
have since November 24th 2013, in defense of their human rights
and in a struggle to realize their hopes to live in a free and
democratic country based on European values and standards. The
UNWLA respects the right of every human being to live a life of
dignity and respect for freedom.
The UNWLA is deeply alarmed and disturbed
with the recent actions taken by the present government of
Ukraine towards peaceful demonstrators demanding their rights as
citizens of a democratic state. These actions maybe a prelude to
repression of the will of the people.
A letter written
to Secretary of State, John Kerry expressing the concerns of the
November 30, 2013
The Honorable John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington D.C. 20520
Dear Mr. Secretary,
As the largest organization of women of Ukrainian
descent in the United States, the Ukrainian National
Women’s League of America supports the U.S.
condemnation of the “violent crackdown on a peaceful
anti-government demonstration in Kiev on Saturday”.
It is not enough to call upon “Ukraine's leaders
to respect their people's right to free expression
and assembly”. The statement put forth by State
Department spokesperson Jen Psaki did not threaten
sanctions. These Ukrainian leaders clearly have
little regard for the will of the people. The UNWLA
strongly urges the United States to take a stronger
stand. As was feared, the leaders of Ukraine
took forceful measures against their people; these
past few days brought brutal and excessive violence
which the Yanukovich security force “Berkut” used
against people peacefully exercising their rights in
a democratic country.
The right to assemble and peacefully demonstrate
is the basis upon which democracy is built. We
fear that this regime will turn to violent
repression as a way of suppressing the will of
Ukrainian people. We, as American citizens,
seek your help in not allowing Ukraine to be
repressed once again.
Thank you for your time and attention to this
urgent matter, Mr. Secretary.
UNWLA Vice President
Sharing News & Views for November 2013
“Recollection of the horrors of
the Famine of 1933 had become a sort of ritual in
our family… When, in time, I became a mother myself,
I better grasped the pain my poor mother suffered,
and understood the scope of her tragedy. Her
endurance and unyielding faith fueled her to survive
it all for us ….” (“Four Ears of Corn,” 1933,
Witness, Stories of Genocide and Urban Survival,
created for middle school children in Chicago
through a grant from the City of Chicago Department
of Cultural Affairs.)
On the 70th anniversary, in
2003, the November issue of Our Life was dedicated
to UNWLA Famine of 1933 archival materials – in
order to document this historical Holodomor period.
Click on the image
Field of Wheat
Memorial to the Victims of Holodomor
The “Field of Wheat” design by architect Larysa Kurylas for the
Holodomor Memorial in Washington, DC and is scheduled to be
completed by November 2014.
Larysa Kurylas is a Member at Large of UNWLA
The Ukrainian American Community will be
Commemorating the 80th ANNIVERSARY of the
at St Patrick Cathedral at 1:00 PM
the bicentennial of Taras
Shevchenko’s birth, the Our Life
editorial board would like to invite
you to participate in an essay
competition on the topic “Shevchenko
in Our Family.” The best essays will
be printed in the March 2014 issue
of Our Life.
Please send your submissions by
February 5, 2014, to the UNWLA
office or by email:
UNWLA is the
The Ukrainian Museum in New York
The Ukrainian Museum relies on its members and friends to support
its exhibitions, programs, collections conservation, and operations.
Learn more about how you can support the Museum.
Give Up Your Daily Bread…
Holodomor: the Totalitarian
An exhibition commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Holodomor,
the Ukrainian genocide of 1932-33
October, 2013 - January, 2014