MZ and RM in front of MHI

Marianna Zajac (MZ), President of UNWLA, and Roksolana Misilo (RM), UNWLA Vice President for Public Relations, are in Ukraine to participate in the annual meetings of the World Federation of Ukrainian Women’s Organizations and the Ukrainian World Congress, two organizations to which the UNWLA belongs.  They are there to also visit the new Ukrainian Catholic University’s (UCU) Mental Health Institute (MHI), called “Prostir Nadiyi”, of which the UNWLA is one of the main supporters.  They also met with Vitality Klymchuk, acting director MHI, Dr. Oleh Romanchuk, director of MHI, and Andriy Kurochka, deputy director of development at UCU.

An excerpt from one of MZ’s previous articles states: “The UCU MHI’s major goal is to raise awareness about mental health, train professionals in modern treatment approaches, establish a mental health clinic, and create specialized programs to provide appropriate treatment. The goal is to have this facility up and running by November 21, 2016.”

In addition Mariana Zajac and Roksolana Misilo be visiting with wounded soldiers and the volunteers.

Mental Health Institute Unfinished Hallway
In front of unfinished MHI  Hallway
Vitality Klymchuk, acting director MHI,
Roksolana Misilo, UNWLA VP
for Public Relations, Mariana Zajac
President of UNWLA, Dr. Oleh Romanchuk
director of MHI, and Andriy Kurochka, deputy director of development at UCU.
 MHI Finihed Hallway
MHI Finished Hallway

San Jose Branch 107 Fundraiser

UNWLA Members at Picnic

On July 16, 2016 UNWLA, San Jose Branch 107 welcomed 120+ attendees to their Annual Summer Picnic and Fundraiser in Cupertino, Northern California.
Like many UNWLA branches in the US, Branch 107, is a small group, but for the past 45 years have worked tirelessly to help UNWLA's humanitarian causes in Ukraine. We have also taken pride in presenting Ukrainian culture and art to our non-Ukrainian neighbors and friends.
Our most recent program included tasty Ukrainian food, raffle, art sales, singing traditional Ukrainian songs, volleyball and unique sale items at the improvised boutique where attendees got a chance to obtain some of the rare items from the Soyuzyanky.
All the proceeds will be used towards the humanitarian help for Ukraine. In 2015 alone UNWLA Branch #107 shipped to Ukraine 51 boxes with humanitarian aid weighing approximately 3216 lbs. In addition, San Jose branch is a sponsor of scholarships for Ukrainian children in Ukraine and Brazil (Ukrainian immigrants).

First new 5 boxes are on a way already.

UNWLA members and friends and family Packages to Ukraine

UNWLA Social Welfare Chair Lida Bilous visited Zhytomyr’s Military Hospital

On May 13, UNWLA Social Welfare Chair Lida Bilous visited Zhytomyr’s military hospital and, in the name of the UNWLA, presented the hospital with hematologic and biochemical analyzer along with two binocular microscopes. Please see link below.

Sadok Vyshenevyj

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” Playgroup (“sadochok”) located at 5000 North Cumberland Avenue in Chicago (next to St. Joseph the Betrothed Ukrainian Catholic Church).  UNWLA Chicago has sponsored the non-profit “Sadok Vyshnevyj” Playgroup (“sadochok”) for more than 50 years!

Activities for your preschool aged children (3-5 years old):

reinforcement of the Ukrainian language through conversation, songs, story time and “Show and Tell”
engaging arts and craft projects
familiarization with the Ukrainian alphabet and with counting in Ukrainian
reciting of memorized Ukrainian poems
observance of Ukrainian traditions and much, much more

“Sadok Vyshnevyj” Playgroup (“sadochok”) meets four times per week (Monday through Thursday) from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm beginning in September and ending in May. You may register your child for 1, 2 (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday), 3 or 4 days per week.

We are currently accepting registrations for the 2016-2017 calendar years. For more information or to register, please email or call (773)682-8160.

Adopt a Family” Program

UNWLA Branch 75 in New Jersey has adopted the Zviridenko family through the UNWLA “Adopt a Family” program. 

Adio a Family

“Today we had a Skype session with Vadym Sviredenko’s wife and two daughters.  Each one of us introduced ourselves to her and talked a bit about the work of the UNWLA.  We saw the little girls and the older girl and her cousin recited some poems to us and were a joy to watch.  Attached is a picture of Vadym and three other recovering Ukrainian soldiers.  Vadym, whose family we have ‘adopted” is the first man (standing) on your left.  He is still undergoing therapy to learn how to use his prosthetic arms and legs.  The picture was taken at Walter Reed Hospital with a group of our young Ukrainian-Americans who visited with them and “zakoliaduvaly”.  In the picture you will probably recognize Roma Hadzewych’s and Chrystia Demidowich’s sons who helped make that visit possible.”

Nadia Nynka

Shipments to Ukraine

UNWLA has been responsible for sending medical shipments acquired by Dr.  Fuzaylov (free of charge) from Boston Hospitals to Hospital #8 in Lviv. Upon the suggestion of Dr. Ulana Suprun, MD, Patriot Defense Instructor, and Director of Humanitarian Initiatives at the Ukrainian World Congress, we have most recently sent a medical shipment to #17 Kyiv Clinical Hospital in Kyiv, where a group of volunteers who work with Dr. Suprun distribute the items .


by Evhenia Olijnyk, Radio Liberty correspondent
English translation by Ulana Zinych

Unseen Battalion

The results of the first sociological research on the presence of women fighters in the Donbas were presented in Kyiv. The title of this research project, “The Unseen Battalion,” is metaphoric and refers to the fact that participation of women in the Ukrainian army is mostly unseen both by the community and by legislators.  Women soldiers are not eligible for a large number of military jobs, have inferior protection, and are constantly forced to dispel stereotypes about their abilities. Yet the researchers are convinced that women are able to fight significantly better than some of their generals—men who place limitations on them.  “The Unseen Battalion” research project involved about 50 interviews with men and women who serve as fighters. Another part of the project dealt with women’s participation in the Euromaidan, especially in the so-called “Women's Hundred,” since soon after the revolution many of its women participants became soldiers.



UNWLA War Victims Program


To “Adopt” a family of a deceased Ukrainian soldier please:

Provide financial support to a family

Lend moral support and encouragement to them via letters, messages and/or phone calls

Cost - $1200.00 per year ($300.00 per quarter)

Participate in the program for a minimum of 3 years

To enroll and/or for more information contact:
Lida Bilous, UNWLA National Board Social Welfare Chair or 941-587-8845

Ivanka Olesnycky
UNWLA Nat’l Social Welfare Committee
NJ Region Social Welfare Chair

War devastates lives! Help us rebuild Ukrainian lives!

Aid to Ukrainain Poster


The Ukrainian National Women’s League of America (UNWLA) announces the launching of its humanitarian “Aid to Ukrainian War Victims Program”. Contribute Today! Aid to Ukrainian War Victims Fund

Make checks payable to:  UNWLA War Victims Fund
Mail to:
203 Second Ave, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003-5706

Contribute via PayPal

Every donation will be applied directly to the “UNWLA Ukrainian War Victims Fund”


UNWLA is the Founder
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.

About The Ukrainian  Museum


Our Purpose

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


Map of Branches at Large
Map of Regional Councils
Membership Information
Map of Branches at Large and Regional Councils

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:

UNWLA Supports Women's Studies with Endowment
Read more about the UNWLA Endowment Fund

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

Field of Wheat
Memorial to the Victims of Holodomor

Interview with the architect Larysa Kurylas


Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, Inc., is a non profit, tax exempt organization under IRS Code Section 501 ( c ) 3 and your contributions are tax deductible within the limits of IRS law.
UNWLA is a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) organization. UNWLA’s CFC
 number is 10325.
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