Organised by Women in War (Paris)

Democracy Development Centre (Kyiv)

Ushynsky South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University (Odesa)

Dates: 6-7-8 October 2017

Location of all sessions: Ushynsky South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University,

26 Staroportofrankivska St., Odesa.

Conference to held in English, Ukrainian, and Russian, (with translation)

(country in brackets indicates where speakers are presently based)

Please note: there may be unforeseen last-minute adjustments to the programme and the time-table is indicative, rather than written in stone.

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Gender in Revolution War and Peace-Building

This unique conference organised by Women in War (Paris), Democracy Development Center (Kyiv), the South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University (Odesa) and, for the art events Q Rators (Kyiv-Paris) will bring together fifty international scholars, researchers, activists and artists from five continents working on women's revolutionary experiences worldwide (from Afghanistan to Colombia and Angola) influenced by the Soviet revolution of 1917 (and China), including the consequences of the fall of the Communist empire and ensuing war, especially in Ukraine and an attempt to evaluate long-term gains and losses in personal and collective empowerment and their influence on gender relations and peace building.

The place of women and sexual minorities in hyper-masculinist military structures will also be examined, be they regular, paramilitary, combat, or "terrorist". Does the increasing presence of women in armies, in war or peacetime constitute revolutionary change ?

We shall discuss the concept of modern hybrid wars, challenges they pose and recommendations for the protection of women's rights during wars as well as the post-war security sector.

This is where achievements in gender equality can be measured in relation to conventions penned by international organizations. Have these been effective in changing legislation, public service, popular and local culture ? How do they compare with competing ideologies, especially the fast growing influence of religion, especially in the context of globalization ? Special attention will be paid to women’s reconciliation and peace-building efforts at the local and international level with practical experiences presented by specialists of recent and on-going conflicts in the Balkans, Afghanistan and South America.

During the conference, the presentation of the book «Ukrainian Women in the Hearth of Modernization» will be held. This book won in the History nomination in this year’s Lviv Publishers’ Forum.

Art events will take place through out the city, organized by Q Rators, a Franco-Ukrainian art agency.

The organizers

About Women in War,

Women in War founded and directed by Franco-British sociologist, specialist of gender and armed conflict and human rights activist Dr Carol Mann, is an independent NGO, registered according to the French law on charities of 1901, registered in Paris in February 2008. Based in Paris, it has a branch in Sarajevo and Beirut. It is the academic offshoot of a humanitarian association, Femaid, which has been working in war zones since 2000, especially in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and D.R.Congo, on health and education projects. As a think-tank, it brings together young feminist scholars and activists, especially in war zones who view academic research not as an end in itself but as a means to change the conventional thinking of gender roles during wars and conflict, through study of past and present, learning from grass-roots experiences and organizations in order to further progressive change towards women and sexual minorities rights, especially for post-war reconstruction. We organize meetings, publications, lectures, seminars exhibitions and international conferences on different aspects of gender and armed conflict, often bringing together researcher from opposite and supposedly enemy sides in order to establish lasting dialogue and exchange.

This is Women in War's fourth annual conference ; the previous ones were held in Sarajevo, Beirut and Yerevan.

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About The Democracy Development Center, founded and directed by Ukrainian born specialist in social policy and human rights activist Ella Lamakh, was established in 2003 in a critical period for the formation of civil society and consolidation of the state of law in Ukraine ; there was and is an urgent need to promote the personal, conscious development of citizens participating in his/her state. The Centre seeks to spread and stimulate through new educational methods, principles of gender policy, human rights, judicial and economic thinking in Ukraine and protect the rights and interests of different groups via trainings, educational¬ camps, debate tournaments, public hearings, conferences, forums etc. The members of Centre of Democracy Development have been co-operating for 13 years within the different programs: “Evidence basic policy”, “Policy making”, Liquid Democracy”, “Soci¬al Policy in Decentralization process”, Gender Policy”, "Street Law”, “Juvenile Clinics”, “Debate”, “Domestic Violence Prevention”, “Human Trafficking Prevention”, “Conflict Resolution”, “Leadership and Human Rights”.

Democracy Development Center is a member of the network 'Against Violence and Gender Strategic Platform and is cooperating with international and local NGOs on the implementation of projects in the social sphere.

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About Ushynsky South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University

The South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University named after K. D. Ushynsky was established as a pedagogical institute in 1817, which made it the first pedagogical educational institution of Southern Ukraine. Currently, the university still maintains its status of a flagship teacher training university within the Southern region of Ukraine providing high quality training of pedagogical staff and contributing to the development of scientific and research activities in many fields of science and technology. The university collaborates with almost 50 universities abroad.

Future teachers’ training in more than 40 qualifications and specialities (at qualification levels of Bachelor, Specialist, Master) alongside with postgraduate and doctoral training are carried out by more than 450 educators and research workers, more than 75% of them have degrees in different fields of science, technology, education, culture, arts and sports. Among the graduates, there are also scientists who have successfully defended their dissertations and now work in the U.S., China, Germany, Israel, Cyprus, and other countries.

There are seventeen scientific schools at the university, which are internationally recognized in such branches of knowledge as Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physiology, Psychology, Political Science, Philosophy and Pedagogy.

On a yearly basis more than thirty international scientific and creative forums, congresses, conferences, symposiums, etc. are held at the university. Furthermore, the university is engaged in publishing collaborative scholarly journals together with foreign educational institutions.

Keynote speakers:

Irena Karpa is a singer, writer and activist born in Cherkasy in 1980. Her novels, always a sensation when they are published, are considered representative of the rage of the young Ukrainian generation confronted with the violent contradictions and broken promises of the age. In direct continuity with her writing, she is the front woman of the Qarpa band, specializing in a fusion of industrial music, punk rock, hardcore and psychedelic trip-hop.

Galia Golan is Darwin Professor emerita and former chair of the Political Science Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A feminist and peace activist, she was the founder of Israel's first program in women's studies and formerly a specialist on Soviet foreign policy. The latest of Dr. Golan's 11 books is Israeli Peacemaking since 1967 Factors behind the Breakthroughs and Failures


Day 1, October 6:



8:30 – 9:15 AM: Registration, coffee at 2nd floor of Ushynsky South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University, 26 Staroportofrankivska St., Odesa

9:15 – 10:15 AM: Opening remarks (Conference Hall)

Moderator: Svitlana Naumkina, Ph.D., Professor, Ushynsky South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University

  • Maksym Stepanov, head of Odesa Oblast State Administration
  • Oleksiy Chebykin, rector of Ushynsky South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University,
  • Representative of Odesa Oblast State Administration (TBC)
  • Representative of Odesa City Council (TBC)
  • Carol Mann, Women in War (Paris)
  • Ella Lamakh, Democracy Development Centre (Kyiv)
  • Sylvain Rigollet, Attaché de coopération scientifique et universitaire, Ambassade de France en Ukraine

10:15 – 10:45 A.M.: - KEYNOTE I - Maria Berlinska, Head of "Institue of Gender Programs”, Kyiv (Ukraine): Female Volunteers at War

10.45-11.15 AM: Coffee Break

11:15 AM- 1:00 PM:

PANEL 1: Gender issues in War, Revolutions, and Peace-Building in Ukraine

Moderator: Ella Lamakh, director, Democracy Development Center (Kyiv)

  • Maryna Bilynska, Vice-President of NAPA, Kyiv (Ukraine): What Does 'National Resilience' Mean? Women's Role in the War and the Process of resolving conflicts
  • Olena Strelnyk, Ph.D., University of Kyiv (Ukraine): Gendered Protest in Contemporary Ukraine: Motherhood and Activism at a Time of War
  • Olga Labur, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Kyiv Polytechnical University: New Women in new Revolutionary memory after 1917
  • David Kurkovskiy, Yale University (USA) Yale University Parker Huang Fellow, currently on a post-undergraduate research fellowship at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv: Revolution and LGBT Rights: Understanding LGBT Rights against the Backdrop of the Russian, Orange, and Maidan Revolutions
  • Discussion

LUNCH: 1:00-2:00 P.M., UNIT Café, 22 Tyraspolska Str.


2:00 – 3:30 PM: PANEL 2

Living in Troubled Times, Individual Women's Life Strategies

Moderator: Nermina Trbonja, University of Paris 3

  • Olga Bezhuk, Ph.D., Hzhytsky Lviv National University of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnologies, Lviv (Ukraine): Women in Times of Peace, War, and Protest in Ukraine 1917-2017: The Life and Times of Khrystyna Sushko-Dolgorukaya
  • Laurence Ritter, Ph.D. in sociology from EHESS in Paris, (Armenia): One Woman's Life in Armenia, Spanning 95 years, From Genocide, Sovietization of Armenia, to the Fall of the USSR
  • Yu-Hsuan Hsu, Ph.D. student in Development Studies from National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taipei, studied at National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv. (Taiwan): A Chinese Revolutionary, Communist Leader, Taiwanese Feminist: Xie Xuehong in the Age of Turbulence
  • Marianna Baidak, Ph.D. candidate University of Lviv (Ukraine): The Polish-Ukrainian War of 1918-1919 in the Private Writing of Halychyna Women
  • Discussion

2:30 – 3:30 PM: PANEL 3:

Fighting for equal rights

Moderator: Svitlana Rostetska, Professor of Political Science and Law, Ushynsky South Ukrainian National Pedagogical University (Odesa)

  • Marina Voronina, Ph. D, Lecturer in History, Kharkhiv University, (Ukraine): The "Baba" as a leader in Soviet times
  • Svitlana Liuta, Ph. D candidate, University of Zaporizhia: The Gender Status of Members of the “Lotta Sviard" Organization at the Time of the Soviet-Finnish Conflict: Equality or State-sanctioned Segregation
  • Hanna Muzychenko, Ph.D., South Ukrainian Pedagogical University, Odesa (Ukraine): The Social Adaptation of Women in Ukraine's Armed Forces
  • Discussion

3:30-4:00 PM: Tea Break

4:00 - 5:30 PM: PANEL 3

Resolving Conflict, Transforming Justice, Securing Peace.

Moderator: Natalia Orlovska, independent gender expert.

  • Svitlana Zakrynytska U.N. Women: 1325. Women, Peace and Security: overview of the global experience and lessons learnt
  • Natalia Dubchak, independent gender expert in the security sector, Kyiv (Ukraine) Women’s Participation in Resolution of Armed Conflicts
  • Olena Davis, Advisor in Gender Issues to the Vice-Minister of Internal Affairs in the issues of European integration, Kyiv (Ukraine) Women’s participation in Security Sector
  • Magda Cardenas, Ph.D. candidate, Umea University (Sweden) Women-to-Women Diplomacy: From a Peace-building Strategy to a Soft Revolution in Georgia
  • Discussion

7 PM - midnight: OPENING EVENING PARTY and Art Event in UNDERPUB, Prymorska Str. 15-17 (near the Steps)

organized by Anna Ten and Natasha Tseluba, Q Rators

with the participation of the following artists: Valentina Petrova, Roman Linkov, Nin Khodorivsko, Anna Ten, Natasha Tzeluba, Yulia Appen, Aleksandra Vasina, Nikita Lyskov.



9:30 AM- 10:00 AM

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Irena Karpa, singer, activist, writer

10:00 - 11:30 AM


From idealism to state feminism (in the Conference Room)

Moderator: Lilia Honiukova, Professor of Political Science, NADU, Kyiv (Ukraine):

  • Aia Beraia, independent researcher, Tbilisi (Georgia): Georgian feminists in the pre-revolutionary period
  • Hasmik Khalapyan, Ph. D, American University of Armenia: Ideological and Economic Construction of Armenian Women's Labor in the Early Soviet Period
  • Irena Druzhkova, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Odeska National Academy of Food technologies, Odesa (Ukraine): Elected Female Representatives in Odesa's City Hall in 1917
  • Discussion

10:00 - 11:30 AM

PANEL 5B: in library: the role of CEDAW in the protection of Gender Rights.

Moderator: Eugenia Sadykova, independent gender expert

  • Ella Lamakh, Recommendations for Ukraine, new prospects and points of impact at the national and regional level.
  • Maria Dmytriyeva, independent gender expert: CEDAW's importance in understanding conflicts and working on lasting peace building
  • Discussion

12:00 AM- 12:15 PM Coffee

12:00-1:30 PM PANEL 5:

The Ideals and Promises to Women from USSR to China and Africa (in the library)

Moderator: Professor Galia Golan

  • Nona Shahnazarian, Ph.D. in Anthropology, Institute of Archeology and Ethnography, Yerevan (Armenia): Historical Beginnings of Soviet Era State Feminism ¬and the Femina Sovetica: Challenges and Advantages of Armenian Women's Labor in the Early Soviet Period
  • Jean-Louis Margolin, Ph. D, Professor at Aix-Marseilles University (France): Women and the Chinese Cultural Revolution
  • Nadine Siegert, Ph. D, Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth (Germany): The Militant Woman in the African Revolutions, 1960-1985
  • Discussion

LUNCH: 1:30-2:30 PM: Café Yunit, 22 Tyraspolska Str.

2:30- 4:00 PM PANEL 6:

The intersection between Gender, War and Racism in World War 2

Moderator: Masha Shpolberg, Yale University

  • Marta Havryshko Ph. D, Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies in Lviv (Ukraine): In response to sexual violence: coping strategies among female members of the Ukrainian Nationalists Underground
  • Andrii Usach, Ph. D candidate in history, Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv (Ukraine): Local Female Perpetrators of the Holocaust in Nazi Occupied Ukraine: the Women's Experience of Participation in Extreme Violence Commitment
  • Liudmila Askerova, Ph. D, historian, Chernihiv (Ukraine): Repressed Volksdeutsche in Chernigov District, An Archival Study
  • Thomas Chopard, Ph. D from EHESS, Paris, historian, postdoctoral fellow in Jewish Studies, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, (UK): Soviet Feminism, Anti-Semitic Sexual Violence, and Pogroms During the Ukrainian Civil war
  • Discussion

4:00-4:15 PM: Coffee break

4:15- 5:45 PM: PANEL 7

The View from Outside: how the new feminist ideals of the Bolshevik Revolution were imagined (and sometimes betrayed)

Moderator: Irena Karpa

  • Angela Shpolberg, Ph.D. in Linguistics from Odessa National University, Brandeis University Center for Women and Gender Studies, (USA) (presented by Masha Shpolberg, Ph. D candidate and lecturer at Yale University): American Women on the Russian Revolution
  • Olena Obrezan, Ph. D candidate: University of Zaporizhia (Ukraine): Patriarchal Socialism in the Korean People's Republic: A Re-examination of the Role of Women"
  • Carol Mann, Ph. D in Sociology from EHESS in Paris, director of Women in War, researcher at Université Paris 8 (France): Baby-Boom revolutionaries: R.A.F, Brigade Rosse, Action Directe
  • Margaret Owen, Lawyer, director of Widows for Peace, London (UK): Widows, the Forgotten Victims of Revolutions
  • Discussion

7:30 PM Evening: Book signing and discussion: "Ukrainian women in the Hearth of Modernisation", presented by Olga Bezhuk, Maryna Voronina, Marta Havryshko, and Mariana Baidak, The book won in the History nomination at this year’s Lviv Publishers’ Forum.

Location: Knyharnia-Kaviarnia Bookstore, Katerynynska 77.

DAY 3: October 8th


9:30 - 10:15 AM

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Galia Golan, Scholar and Peace Activist (Israel)

10:15 - 11:45 AM: PANEL 8

Female Guerillas and Combatants in Central and South America

Moderator: Hanna Muzychenko, Odesa (Ukraine):

  • Katharina Siebert, Ph.D. candidate in the field of Contemporary History at the University of Siegen, (Germany): Revolutionary Spanish Milicianas during Spanish Civil War
  • Elodie Gamache, Ph. D candidate, University of Paris 3, (France): FARC revolutionaries in Colombia
  • Marta Romero-Delgado, Ph.D. candidate at Complutense University of Madrid: "Cruel, unnatural and deprived of agency": Social representations about female combatants. The case of women from Peruvian Communist Party-Shining Path and Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement
  • Discussion

11:45-12:00 PM: Coffee, Break

12:00-1:30 PM: PANEL 9

Women and Revolution in the Middle-East

Moderator: Carol Mann, Women in War, University Paris 8

  • Atieh Asgharharzadeh, Ph. D in History from EHESS (Paris), UNESCO, Paris (France): Iranian Revolutions in the 20th century: Rupture and Continuity in Women's Rights and Demands
  • Samina Kabir, M.A.SOAS, London, Sweden: The Place of Women In and Against the “Communist” Regime of Afghanistan
  • Tebessum Yilmaz, Feminist Activist and Scholar, forcibly exiled from Turkey, Ph. D candidate Humboldt University (Germany): From the PKK to Jineoloji and the Kurdish Women's Movement in Bakur and Rojava
  • Deniz Dilan, Crossways in Cultural Narratives master program, Erasmus Mundus (Turkey): Media Representations of Women Guerillas in Rojava
  • Discussion



1:45 – 3:00 PM: PANEL 10

Balkan Gendered Tragedies: Is There a Place for Peace-building ?

Moderator: Margaret Owen, Human Rights Lawyer, Widows for Peace.

  • Nermina Trbonja, University Paris 3 (Bosnia): Representation of Post-Yugoslav Masculinities
  • Ana Rajkovic, Ph. D candidate on Modern and Contemporary Croatian History in the European and World Context at University of Zagreb (Croatia); Metamorphosis of Gender-Conditioned Role of Women in Post-War Croatia
  • Boroka Paraszka, recipient of Thomson Reuters fellowship, researcher in war zones and journalist, Radio Romania (Romania): A Comparison of (Anti) Gender Politics Between the So-called 'Communist' Era Before 1989 and the Decades After the Revolution in Romania
  • Karolina Ristova-Aasterud and Ivanka Dodovska, University of Cyril and Methodius, Skopje (Macedonia): The Three Intertwined Revolutions of Women in Macedonia (1941-2017)
  • Discussion

3:00 – 3:30 PM: Tea-break

3:30 – 5:00 PM: PANEL 11

Gender issues: from visibility to full human rights.

Moderator: Ella Lamakh, Head, Democracy Development Center

  • Patrycja Hala Saçan, Ph. D Student of Political Science and International Relations at Izmir University of Economics (Turkey): Invisible Women of Solidarity Movement in Poland
  • Jiayin Wang, M.A. University of Columbia, (China): The “Natural” Women: Gender Equality, or Gender Essentialism ? – Reconsidering Sex Revolution in China.
  • Elliot Dolan-Evans Human, rights activist and Ph.D. student at Monash University, who works within the Gender, Peace and Security research group, (Australia): The Role of International Actors in Social Political Transformations for Post-USSR Bosnia and Ukraine: What Has it Meant for Women ?

CONCLUDING REMARKS and recommendations

These will be made by the members of the audience present who will have a chance to express their opinions on the whole event

This event has been made possible with the support of
Femaid (Paris)
L'Ambassade France en Ukraine
Le Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris)
U.N. Women (Ukraine)
UNDP (Ukraine)
Alliance Française d'Odessa

On Monday 10th October for those who have chosen to remain in Odessa, visiting a unique ecological project in and around Odesa to save the coastline called Відчайдушні Квіткарі/ Desperate Gardeners: we will be planting bulbs of flowers the participants will have brought with them.

We wish to thank all the people who are mentioned above (of course), but for the frequently problematic preparation of this conference, due thanks to Masha Shpolberg, Zhenia Sadykova, Svitlana Rostetskaya, Maria Dmytriyeva, Yeghia Tashjian, Yulia Voronina, Mila Mardanenko, Vlad Mardanenko, Olya and Aliosha, Natasha Tzeluba, everyone at Underpub, especially Dima, not forgetting indispensable Pulia and Indika.

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