30 Years of Women’s Activism in Ukraine


Monday, March 8, 2021, 1:30pm to 3:00pm


Online (registration required)

In 2021, Ukraine marks 30 years of its independence. In these three decades, its residents have experienced numerous upheavals, which they have so often faced with resilience and perseverance. Women from all walks of life have been a powerful force as activists in bringing about political and social change. They continue to achieve remarkable results in drawing attention to injustices, overcoming discriminatory practices, and educating society about equality.

Join our webinar to mark International Women’s Day by exploring women’s participation in the protest movements and in the war in Donbas, and by discussing the history of women’s activism in Ukraine.

This event co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Institute London and the Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program at the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University

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About the Speakers

Emily Channell-Justice is the Director of the Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program at the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University. She is a sociocultural anthropologist who has been doing research in Ukraine since 2012. She has pursued research on political activism and social movements among students and feminists during the 2013-2014 Euromaidan mobilizations. She received her PhD from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, in September 2016, and she was a Havighurst Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies at Miami University, Ohio from 2016-2019.

Tamara Martsenyuk is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine) and a gender expert of Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union. Martsenyuk was a Fulbright Scholar at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University (USA, 2017-2018). She is the author of more than 100 academic publications, chapters of textbooks and chapters of books, particularly, Gender for All. Challenging Stereotypes (2017), Why one should not be afraid of Feminism (2018), 'Defenders of the Galaxy': Power and Crisis in the Male World (2020). Martsenyuk teaches at the Department of Sociology courses 'Introduction to Gender Studies', 'Gender and Politics', 'Masculinity and Men’s Studies', 'Social Problems in Ukraine and in the World', and others.

Jessica Zychowicz recently published the monograph Superfluous Women: Art, Feminism, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine (University of Toronto Press 2020). She is currently based at the University of Alberta in the Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program (CUSP). She was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Area Studies 2017-2018 to the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She has been a Fellow at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs; a Visiting Scholar at Uppsala University’s Institute for Russian and East European Studies in Sweden; and has participated in talks and residencies at the University of St. Andrews in Edinburgh, NYU's Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, the Baltic Center for Writers and Translators, and others. She earned her doctorate at the University of Michigan and holds a degree in English literature from U.C. Berkeley. For more info: https://www.jes-zychowicz.com/


Olesya Khromeychuk is a historian and writer. She received her PhD in History from University College London. She has taught the history of East-Central Europe at the University of Cambridge, University College London, the University of East Anglia, and King’s College London. Khromeychuk’s current research focuses on the participation of women in military formations during the Second World War and in the ongoing conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine. She is guest-editor of ‘Gender, Nationalism, and Citizenship in Anti-Authoritarian Protests in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine’, a special issue of the Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society 2(1) (2016). She is the author of ‘Undetermined’ Ukrainians. Post-War Narratives of the Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ Division (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013). Khromeychuk is currently the Director of the Ukrainian Institute London.