On Thursday, July 12, public figures, deputies of all levels, participants of the National Platform “Women for Peace” held the Summer Final Conference in Kyiv, during which they summarized the results for the half-year and outlined further plans.
Women’s movements are a powerful peacekeeping force in all countries. In Ukraine, the National Platform “Women for Peace” confidently occupies this niche, which today impoverishes more than 150,000 women from all regions of the country and has more than 120 regional offices.
“Only in the last six months we have done a tremendous job, held dozens of events, forums, meetings and roundtables. From the beginning of the year, we were 50,000 more! They hear us, they listen to us, with our opinion and our demands are considered. In the parliament we are entering the Inter-Factional Deputy Association “Women. Peace. Security”, uniting the efforts of women deputies from different factions. The most active of our representatives united in the Council of Mothers of Ukraine under the Committee of Social Policy, in order to defend the rights of children and families with children at all levels. We participated in a number of international conferences and forums, including the meeting of the EURONEST platform. We stand for goals and values that are in tune with the goals of women throughout Europe and the world. And we get tremendous support!” the Initiator of the National Platform “Women for Peace”, MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC Natalia Korolevska said.
Women and mothers of Ukraine openly declare problems that worry all citizens of the country.
"We are seeking justice and a peaceful future for our children. We want them not to leave in search of a better life, but remain here, in their country, strong and peaceful. Together we held many preventive actions, demanding the protection of childhood and maternity, state support for the least protected categories.
We are moving forward, and the pace that we have taken will only increase. We will reach out to everyone and do what only women can do!” the chairman of the Council of Mothers of Ukraine Olena Nikolaenko addressed the participants of the conference.
At the initiative and with the support of “Women for Peace”, more than 20 “children’s” draft laws have been registered in the parliament. They are aimed at renewing the benefits and social protection of children, mothers and families with many children, increasing social benefits, providing protection to the peaceful inhabitants of the East, and adopting a strategy to overcome the demographic crisis.
“We did a fantastic job, which only women can do. On our appeals we received two positive decisions of the Constitutional Court, prepared dozens of important social draft laws that were supported by all the profile committees, and hundreds of appeals to the authorities and various instances. Dozens of regional forums and humanitarian missions to the East. And each of our meeting, each forum held proves that the future of the country depends today only on us – from indifferent and socially active women. We are different, but we are equal and strong when we are together!” Natalia Korolevska emphasized.
Undoubtedly, only strong women can build peace and bright future, therefore the National Platform “Women for Peace” has also launched its own Women’s Leadership Program, which operates under the motto “Make a Strong Stronger”.
“We understand how it is important to unite. We knock on every door and try to reach out to every heart. We are building our work not in confrontation, but in dialogue. And this is something that others must learn from us!” - Yana Litvinova, the mayor of the city of Starobelsk sure.
The participants of the platform set a global goal for 2018 to bring Ukraine a long-awaited peace.
“Women of Ukraine united for peace. A lot has been done, there are even more tasks ahead. Our main goal for 2018 is to make it a year of peace. For this, we will continue to work and seek justice. We certainly will not remain silent, our voice of the peace will sound louder with every day!” Natalia Korolevska summarized.