Urge Russia to release Nadiya Savchenko

Petitioning President of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Anne Brasseur

Please sign and share this petition today--to PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) in support of Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot and member of parliament, who was kidnapped and is being held illegally in a Russian prison. We [UNWLA] have championed her case since her capture in June 2014.

Time is of the essence, as the President of PACE will be in Ukraine this Friday, January 16th. (PACE is an Assembly which brings together 318 parliamentarians from 47 European countries, representing 820 million people. Nadiya Savchenko has been on a hunger strike for 33 days, and her health is deteriorating.

For any UNWLA campaign to be successful, it is imperative that the information be disseminated throughout our organization. I am appealing to the Regional Council Presidents to immediately pass this information on, and follow up with the Branch Presidents to ensure every member gets this info.

Together, we are a powerful organization!

Ambassador Gérard Araud                                       January 11,2015
The Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007 Dear Ambassador Araud,
Please allow us to express, on behalf of the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families and all of France for the senseless terror attack on January 7th, 2015 that killed 12 at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, and the storming of a kosher supermarket that killed 4.

The UNWLA symbolically joins the people of France today, in Paris, at the march of solidarity against terror.

The UNWLA is the oldest and largest organization of women of Ukrainian heritage in America. Since its inception in 1925, our organization has always stood in defense of human rights; and one of our most important missions is humanitarian aid.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this unspeakable tragedy.


Marianna Zajac, President

Roksolana Misilo,  VP – Public Relations

Meeting with Lt. Nadiya Savchenko's Attorneys at
 The Ukrainian Museum

Meeting with Lt. NS Attorneys

From left to right: Attorneys Mark Feygin and Nikolai Polozov, Honorary UNWLA President Iryna Kurowyckyj, UNWLA 4th Vice President for Public Relations Roksolana Misilo, and UNWLA Treasurer Oksana

On December 9, 2014, the UNWLA Executive Committee sponsored a meeting at the Ukrainian Museum with the attorneys of Lt. Nadiya Savchenko who, as we know, has been captured and is currently imprisoned in Russia on false charges.

Attending members of the UNWLA had an opportunity to meet with attorneys Mark Feygin and Nikolai Polozov who came to the United States with the main objective of achieving ‘prisoner of war’ status for Lt. Nadiya Savchenko.  They had previously met in Washington, D.C., with the ambassador of Ukraine, Mr. Olexander Motsyk, and select members of Congress. In New York City, they had a meeting with the Permanent Representative from Ukraine to the United Nations, Mr. Yuriy Sergeyev.


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January 2015

Marianna Zajac

Marianna Zajac
UNWLA President

During this first month of UNWLA's 90th anniversary year, let us look forward to the great possibilities within our grasp in the future while feeling great pride for the past monumental accomplishments of our predecessors. The Executive Committee has laid down several plans for the upcoming year—an updated and renewed informative brochure to be used as a public relations tool; a DVD about our history as well as current accomplishments to be distributed to our Regional Councils and branches in 2015 and used in planning anniversary events; and an art exhibit of Ukrainian female artists planned for the Ukrainian Museum in NYC (founded by the UNWLA), whose opening is scheduled to coincide with the annual National Board meeting in the fall of 2015. With your support, these tools and events will be able to showcase our organization’s multifaceted activity in the United States and beyond. We look forward to an exciting 2015 and invite you to plan local events!


The Ukraine Conflict and Wartime Gender-Based Violence: A UNWLA/WFUWO Forum

by Dr. Martha Kichorowska Kebalo

 On December 6, 2014, the WFUWO and the UNWLA co-sponsored a forum, “The Ukraine Conflict and Wartime Gender-Based Violence.” This event was timed to engage with the annual “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence,” a campaign that since 1991 runs from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day). A panel of speakers, brought together by Dr. Martha Kichorowska Kebalo, explored the wide-ranging effects of war on women and the importance of ensuring women’s rights in times of national crisis. Even as Ukraine’s women are choosing how to participate in the defense of their country, women are severely victimized by wartime displacement and the destruction of physical and social infrastructure, and it is also women who bear the brunt of responsibility for the caretaking that ensues… of the wounded, traumatized, and bereaved.


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The Ukrainian Museum in New York City

Ukrainian Museum

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.

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Our Purpose

The purpose of UNWLA, Inc. is to unite women of Ukrainian descent and those affiliated with the Ukrainian community.

International Relations and Beginnings of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations Beyond the Borders of Ukraine

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UNWLA Supports Women's Studies with Endowment Read more about the UNWLA Endowment Fund Combating Violence Against Women in Ukraine

UNWLA Recent and Planned Projects:

“Ukraine orphan walks again after burns treated in Boston”-

Ihor Lakatosh and his guardian, Svitlana Konar, returned to Ukraine after a 5-month stay in Boston.

UNWLA Supports Women's Studies with Endowment

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UNWLA Supports Women's Studies with Endowment
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Euromaidan — Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity, 2015 Calendar
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2015 Calendar

This 2015 wall calendar titled Euromaidan — Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity uses vibrant photography to chronicle the events of Euromaidan in winter 2013-2014.




The Ukrainian National Women’s League of America Branch #85 in Chicago invites you to register your Ukrainian speaking preschool aged children ages 3 to 5 years old for “Sadok Vyshnevyj”


Two UNWLA Members  Recognized for their Volunteer in Greater Detroit Area

Detroit Women Recognized

L-R: Macomb County Commissioner - Region 8, Kathy Vosburg, and Vera Andrushkiw


WFUWO President, Irene Orysia Sushko, Named One of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence


Field of Wheat
Memorial to the Victims of Holodomor

Interview with the architect Larysa Kurylas

UNWLA XXX Convention


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