Signatures are no longer being collected, but if you can read Ukrainian, this open letter to the President is useful to browse nonetheless.
Basically, people are outraged that on the 8th of March, International Women’s Day, the President launched into a saccharine speech about how the ladiez are so lovely and admired by men… in a country where women are trafficked and rape is barely prosecuted. The undersigned believe that the 8th of March is there to first and foremost highlight the struggle for women’s rights, and that the President dropped the ball when he spoke about the “beauty” and “wonder” of women – while completely ignoring the actual daily struggles of Ukrainian females, struggles that the government refuses to fully address. And I agree with the undersigned.
It’s been pointed out to me that Yulia Tymoshenko, the current Prime Minister, actually made a speech that managed to be worse. Now, I didn’t hear the original, but was told that she said something about how the 8th of March is the “one day” in the year when Ukrainian women are not required to do housework.
Of course, Yulia is a billionaire who has maids to do her housework, and so I’m really not surprised. Rules are different for rich and poor throughout the world, but in Ukraine, this is especially true for women. And a female politician can revel in this on public radio on the 8th of March. And so it goes.
Anyway, I was really glad to see these women calling out the heads of state on their BS.
Ukrainians deserve better.
By the way, comments along the lines of, “omigod Natalia, how dare you go against the glorious Orange leaders, you moskal’ ” will be deleted. I am in no mood for BS myself.