The Untold Story of the Ukrainian Revolution: For and by Women

Natalia Karbowska – Epoch Times – Thursday, 06 March 2014 (originally published 04 Mar)

Ukraine women lead protest
A woman holds a placard reading ‘Crimea is Ukraine’ while people attend a rally against Russia on Kyiv’s Independence square March 2, 2014. Image:Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

News from Ukraine is moving so fast that, if you don’t look closely, you’ll miss the untold story: a revolution for and by Ukrainian women.

People referred to Maidan as a force of “male heroes” while delegating women to cook, clean, and provide moral support. Men donned signs reading, “Women, if you see garbage clean it up. Revolutionaries will be pleased.” Social media was buzzing with requests for “more women in the kitchen.” Some women followed suit with a “hug initiative” to show solidarity by hugging their male heroes.

The kitchen was not an option for us. So, women organized the “women’s hundred.” Women from everywhere in Ukraine wanted to join this informal group, and they helped each other find their place in Maidan. Women taught self-defense classes to female protesters. At Maidan University, an informal education center in the square, the women’s hundred invited lecturers to speak about feminist theory . . .

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