The Ukrainian Institute and UN Women Ukraine to present the Women in Arts Award. The Resistance


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On March 7, the Ukrainian Institute and UN Women Ukraine will name the winners of the Women in Arts award for the fourth time. The ceremony will also feature the premiere of a women's manifesto created in collaboration with the MEGOGO LIVE music channel.

The current Women in Arts award. The Resistance will be held on March 7 under the slogan "The fire doesn't burn the stubborn" and will be special because it spans the previous two years. In 2022, the ceremony did not take place due to the start of a full-scale invasion, so Women in Arts 2023 took on a new meaning, embedded in the name The Resistance and in the identity of the award, the elements of which symbolize resistance.

The nominees for the award in eight categories are:

  • Women in Visual Arts: Alevtyna Kakhidze, Kateryna Lysovenko, Lesya Khomenko, Albina Yaloza
  • Women in Music: Jamala, Alla Zagaykevych, Maryna Krut (KRUTЬ), Liudmila Monastyrska
  • Women in Theatre: Maryna Koshkina, Oksana Cherkashyna, Roza Sarkisyan, Nina Zakhozhenko, Oksana Dmitrieva
  • Women in Film: Nadia Parfan, Kateryna Gornostai, Maryna Er Gorbach, Alina Horlova, Oksana Cherkashyna
  • Women in Literature: Halyna Kruk, Yaryna Chornohuz, Victoria Amelina, Tetyana Malyarchuk, Lyubov Yakymchuk
  • Women in Cultural Management: Darya Bassel, Yuliya Vaganova, Olga Viieru, Olena Goncharouk, Elizaveta German, Maria Lanko
  • Women in Cultural Journalism, Criticism, and Research: Kateryna Botanova, Yulia Manukyan, Tetyana Ogarkova, Anastasia Platonova, Yaryna Tsymbal
  • Special mention — women whose activities cannot be assigned to any of the categories of the award, but whose contribution to Ukrainian culture is important (added in 2021).

Nominees for the Women In Arts Award are judged by subject matter experts in their respective fields. The main requirements of the contestants are professional achievements, reputation, innovation, and national or international recognition. An expert council and a jury, who are professionals in their category of evaluation, representatives of the public sector and independent institutions, are invited to the evaluation.

Another feature of the current award is an additional selection criterion for contribution to victory, taking into account activities in the military, volunteer, cultural, or any other spheres that directly bring Ukraine's victory closer.

Women in Arts is an independent award, established in 2019 by UN Women and the Ukrainian Institute as a part of the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality. The purpose of the award is to draw attention to the achievements of women working in the field of culture and art.

The MEGOGO media service has joined the support of the Prize for the second time. During the award ceremony, the MEGOGO LIVE music channel will present a special work - an author's song and video called "You are a great power", which will become a kind of women's manifesto. It was created specifically for this year's award, with the participation of Ukrainian singers and Women in Arts Award nominees. The purpose of the manifesto is to highlight the power and contribution of Ukrainian women to culture, including during a full-scale invasion. The premiere will take place on the MEGOGO Live TV channel on March 7 at 20:00.



The Ukrainian Institute is a state institution in the field of management of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The mission of the Ukrainian Institute is to strengthen the international and internal subjectivity of Ukraine through cultural diplomacy. We establish international cultural links between people and institutions and create opportunities for Ukrainians to interact with the world.

UN Women is a United Nations entity that focuses on achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women.

HeForShe is a global solidarity movement for gender equality, founded by UN Women, in which men and boys are the main agents of change. Since its launch in 2014, the campaign has been joined by heads of state, leading scientists, global corporate executives, athletes, artists, and gender equality opinion leaders. In Ukraine, the movement was launched in 2018, enabled by financial support from Sweden.

MEGOGO LIVE is a music and entertainment channel created by the MEGOGO media service at the end of 2018. The main goal of the project is to support modern Ukrainian music and popularize young artists. In 2022, the channel created the MEGOGO MUSIC AWARDS.