Dear Soyuzanky,

Let’s unite in our thoughts and prayers with our sisters in Florida, where hurricane Ian has taken lives and devastated homes. Losing everything to war or a natural disaster is a painful and traumatic experience. In times of great challenge, the support of our communities  – friends, colleagues, sisters – can make all the difference. 

If you are a new member of the UNWLA, welcome! This newsletter will keep you informed about the news and updates from the UNWLA.

In this issue:

🔵 Ukrainian Women and the War: UNWLA Meets with U.S. Department of State
🔵 Advocacy Action Item
🔵 Spotlight
🔵 LESYA | Concert Series
🔵 Snippets

🔵 Ukrainian Women and the War: UNWLA Meets with U.S. Department of State

Recently, the UNWLA welcomed an invitation received from the Acting Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Global Public Affairs, Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau, for a roundtable discussion on global help for and the current needs of women in Ukraine.

War is inevitably devastating for the most vulnerable: women, children and the elderly. Moscow’s war of choice in Ukraine is no exception, and with each passing day, we learn of the terrible devastation and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Ukraine.

While many aid agencies are currently at work in Ukraine, the need remains immense. Issues, solutions, and partnerships were explored during the wide-ranging discussion.

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From left: Lidia Mykytyn, Irene Jarosewich, Marianna Zajac, Natalie Pawlenko, Kateryna Levchenko, Elizabeth Trudeau, Oksana Kis, Maria Dmytriyeva, Sofika Zielyk. (Not pictured: Martha Kichorowska Kebalo who joined via Zoom).

Read more on Ukrainian Weekly (page 4.)

🔵 Advocacy Action Item

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2022 marks the 90th anniversary of the Ukrainian Holodomor. It is vitally important to keep advocating for its recognition as genocide by the United States government. Your actions are crucial for a successful result of our efforts. Please click on the button below to contact the White House and request that President Biden recognize the Holodomor as genocide.

Take Action: Recognize Holodomor As Genocide

🔵 Spotlight

UNWLA Branch 118 (Houston, TX) took part in the 59th Annual Sts. Cyril & Methodius Slavic Heritage Festival, selling crafts and collecting $600 in funds for Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine. The festival, sponsored by the Slavic Alliance of Houston, is an annual gathering of Czech, Polish, Ukrainian and Croatian communities in Houston who share their respective cuisines, music, and dance.

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In the photo, left to right: Christine Mycio-Spring, Christine Villacorta, Chrystia Bryndzia and Martha Noukas.

With the same love for all things Ukrainian, New Jersey Regional Council (NJRC) represented the UNWLA at the annual Ukrainian festival in Whippany, NJ. In the photo, Oksana Lodziuk Krywulych, Oksana Konyk, and Mariana Livcha distribute information at the UNWLA table.

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How do you like this gorgeous setup? Please click on the button below for ready-made handouts and printables for your next UNWLA event! In the “Fundraising Materials For Members” section, you will find these and other helpful printables.

Visit UNWLA Members Portal

🔵 Lesya Ukrainka Concert Series: Tickets Are On Sale!

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UNWLA Is proud to partner with the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus to present a concert series dedicated to Lesya Ukrainka.

LESYA: Her Voice and Poetry Through Seven Strings will feature a new repertoire that will shine a new light on Lesya Ukrainka. From her recorded voice to her poetry, the concerts aim to spotlight her legacy in the pantheon of Ukrainian heroes.

Click here to see concert dates and purchase tickets.