A  delegation of Ukrainian women is in Washington to participate in a U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) program titled “Leadership in a Rule of Law Country.”  Their visit to the capital city kicked off with a March 19th reception at the Embassy of Ukraine hosted by Ambassador Valeriy Chaly.

The following day the women’s delegation, which includes professionals, entrepreneurs and representatives of non-profits, attended a USUF forum on Capitol Hill focusing on U.S. support for Ukraine’s national security and democratic and economic development.  At the event, Ambassador Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative to Ukraine, and Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, former Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, shared their perspectives on the current situation in Ukraine and Russia’s war on Ukrainian sovereignty.

At the forum, the Friends of Ukraine Network (FOUN) task forces on National Security, Economic Security, and Democracy and Civil Society presented their Priority Recommendations for U.S. Assistance to Ukraine 2019 and examined the challenges that Ukraine faces on its path to deeper integration with the Euro-Atlantic community of prosperous democracies.  FOUN is an initiative of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation.

(L to R): Ambassadors Paula Dobriansky, Kurt Volker and Valeriy Chaly at the Capitol Visitor Center.

The women’s delegation also got to hear from representatives of American NGOs working in the humanitarian sphere and from an expert on regional development.

To view a photo album of the embassy reception and the Capitol Hill forum click here.

Photo at top of page:  Nadia K. McConnell, President of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation, addresses a women’s leadership delegation at the Ukrainian embassy in Washington. (Credit: Adrian Karmazyn).

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