June 21st, 2005



трёх украинок наградили.
Three Outstanding Women Honored
Honorees are chosen based on an assessment of their innovation, leadership and impact in their areas of expertise.
Vital Voices Annual Leadership Awards and Benefit reflects our efforts to encourage women to support one another in meeting the demands of women, girls, and societies around the world. The Annual Awards recognize the extraordinary efforts women leaders who are working to improve the lives of women and girls in their home countries. The Awards are designed to further the honorees’ work on issues related to poverty and gender issues, and inspire other women to follow their examples.
Vital Voices congratulates the three recipients of the 2005 Annual Leadership Awards.
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Fern Holland Award
Ukrainian Women Civil Society Leaders, Ukraine
Vital Voices will present the Fern Holland Award to civil society leaders from Ukraine who played a key role with their fellow citizens in protesting the voter fraud and working to reclaim their votes and their country. The award honors the memory of Fern Holland, a committed, determined, tireless advocate for human right and democracy.

Natalia Dmytruk, a sign-language interpreter for Ukraine’s state-run television channel, became a hero in Ukraine when she went off script to inform the deaf community that the election was a fraud. Her courageous actions sparked the public outreach and ultimately the revolution.

Oksana Horbunova, pioneer in the field of human rights, has exposed hundreds of cases of human trafficking as head of La Strada, and now, as the head of the International Organization for Migration’s Ukraine office. In November 2004, she took to the streets of Kiev in protest like so many others. Along with her mother and her daughter, Horbunova joined her voice with those of thousands of others in protest – and in hope.

Oksana Yarosh, a Professor at Lesya Ukrainka Volyn State University, was a leader in the Orange Revolution particularly in organizing students to defend democracy. She previously served as the Chair of New Wave, an NGO working for democracy.

Lyudmila Merlyan is the Manager and Head of the Gender Committee for the “Civil Parliament of Ukrainian Women.” She has been instrumental in developing policy recommendations regarding gender policy in Ukraine, and has contributed to many proposed amendments to Ukrainian legislation. Her role in the Women’s Parliament also offers her unique access to the Verkhovna Rada and affords her real opportunities to institute policy changes at the national level.