Feminist Workshop organizes a series of online events where participants can learn about Ukrainian culture while discussing essential feminist topics in the modern up-to-time context. Invited speakers and a moderator will lead a topical discussion and answer participants’ questions to make the activity more meaningful and clear for the people from different countries and cultures.

At the first three meetings we invited our participants – feminists from various friendly communities  –  to participate in the cooking, where our chef Katya Dovbnya offered to cook Ukrainian dishes. And then we’ve changed our collective activity from cooking to drawing with artist  Viktoriia Cherniakhivska. In the process of cooking or drawing we discuss one of the current topics in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine or general issues related to international feminist struggle.

We strive to create a comfortable place for the exchange of knowledge and ideas, between activists with an academic background and those who work in the field, between those who live in Ukraine and in various places in Europe, America and the world. Therefore, we are experimenting with formats that will be interesting and pleasant for women from all over the world to join.

Join our next event!

Ukrainian Feminist Kitchen #1 What role do feminists play in times of crisis?

Our guests Kira Leonova (Ukraine) and Agnieszka Róż (Poland) discussed what role do feminists play in times of crisis and also ow does our work differ during such times? Other participants from Ukraine, Italy and USA joined with their reflections. Event was moderated by Milena Abrahamyan.

Our chief cook Kateryna Dovbnia shows how to cook Ukrainian traditional dish “Hrechanyky”, buckwheat balls, which you make with meat or with potato. Find a recipe in the video and cook while watching. 


Ukrainian Feminist Kitchen #2 “How can feminism be a global binding movement between the East and West, Global South and Global North?”

WHEN: July 11 at 19.00 CET/ 20.00 EET
WHERE: ZOOM. To participate in the event, fulfill the registration form.
LANGUAGE: English (with foreign and ukrainian participants)

Let’s discuss essential feminist topics with feminists from all over the world while watching live cooking demonstration of the ukrainian dish dumplings with cherries 

We invited the guest-speakers to lead the discussion:

Giulia De Ponte, Art Historian and Visual Culture Scholar, Speaker for the Orlando Feminist Association (Bologna, Italy) and activist, and Viktoriia Pihul, Ukrainian feminist, activist and member of Board in “Sotsialnyi Rukh/Social Movement”. 

The event will be moderated by Milena Abrahamyan, queer feminist and activist from Armenia.

Ukrainian Feminist Kitchen #3 “Is a joint feminist movement possible among those with a strong power imbalance? How to cooperate with the strong and the weak sides?”

WHAT: “Ukrainian Feminist Kitchen”: #3 “Is a joint feminist movement possible among those with a strong power imbalance? How to cooperate with the strong and the weak sides?”
WHEN: August 10 at 19.00 CET/ 20.00 EET
WHERE: ZOOM. To participate in the event, fulfill the registration form
LANGUAGE: English (with foreign and Ukrainian participants)

You can enjoy the spectacle of cooking, or if you are a cooking enthusiast, we will provide you with a list of ingredients and the recipe, so you can cook along during the broadcast under the careful guidance of our chef.

We invited the proficient speakers to lead the discussion:

Luma Nichol, is a socialist feminist activist with Radical Women (U.S.), Dafna Rachok, anthropologist and activist (Ukraine) and Olga Papash, Solidarity Collectives activist (Kyiv, Ukraine).

The event will moderate Milena Abrahamyan, queer feminist and activist from Armenia. In the secure atmosphere of our kitchen, we welcome all guests to share their thoughts and insights.

WHAT: Ukrainian Feminist Kitchen #4
WHEN: October 30 at 19.00 CET / 20.00 EET!
WHERE: ZOOM
LANGUAGE: English (with foreign and Ukrainian participants)

This time we encourage our speakers and all the guests to discuss the questions: what can we do to move out of a state of constant war? How does the fight against imperialism relate to new forms of nationalism? And what does decolonization mean in such cases?

Given the unfolding global events – the escalating military conflicts between Palestine and Israel, Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as the full-scale war russia against Ukraine, and the enormous number of the civil victims of these conflicts, the topics of feminism and women’s empowerment in times of war are now more pertinent than ever.

At this event, we will introduce a new format of the activity by inviting all guests to participate in drawing a unique pattern of Ukrainian traditional embroidery, under the guidance of an artist and folk crafts master — Viktoriia Cherniakhivska . So you can join the drawing activity, participate in the discussion, or simply enjoy yourself as a viewer!

To lead the discussion we have invited speakers: sound artist and feminist activist Anna Khvyl from Ukraine, and Sevinj Samadzade, feminist researcher and activist within the gender, peace, and security focusing on the South Caucasus region. The event will be moderated by Milena Abrahamyan, a queer activist and feminist from Armenia.

Feminist Voices of Ukraine and Karabakh: Exploring Shared Struggles and Building International Solidarity

WHEN: on January, 15 at 18.00 CET/ 19.00 EET
WHERE: ZOOM

The topic of the discussion is «Feminist Voices of Ukraine and Karabakh: Exploring Shared Struggles and Building International Solidarity». Although the war in Ukraine and the Karabakh conflict are different contexts, we are looking to build international solidarity for the people suffering as a result of these conflicts by trying to understand what is really happening and what people directly involved in these conflicts feel.

Our speakers from Armenia: Liza Matevosyan, co-founder of «Women’s center. Shushi» NGo, human rights activist from Nagorno-Karabakh, displaced from Shushi(NK) and Knarik Mkrtchyan, Women’s Agenda NGO Co-founder, peace advocate, and Women, Peace and Security Agenda expert.
Speakers from Ukraine: «Variable name / Назва змінна» is an artistic group of Ukrainian artists and curators Maryna Marinichenko and Valerie Karpan. They work together mostly in participative art and cultural education since the first collaboration in the project «Exhibit it!» (Gallery «Labirynt», Lublin, Poland, 2018).
The group’s activities are focused on the processes of communication and exchange in an urban environment, visual (digital) anthropology, inclusiveness, practices of commemoration, and representation of memory and local narratives.

Ukrainian Feminist Kitchen #6 – Elections in Europe in time of war

This time the discussion was dedicated to exploring the intricacies of elections in Ukraine amidst the backdrop of war, with a particular focus on the role of feminists. Against the complex geopolitical landscape of Eastern Europe, this discussion offered a regional perspective, drawing parallels with neighboring countries such as Poland.

The event was moderated by Marija Jakovljević, feminist activist, member of the Torchlight collective and Multitudes Foundation Connector for Serbia.

Magda Fabianczyk (Poland/UK) and Iryna Tyshko (Ukraine) exchanged their opinions on European politics and the role of women and queer people in elections during Ukrainian Feminist Kitchen.

While listening to the conversation you are invited to draw birds with us under the guidance of an artist  to welcome spring and positive changes in the world.

Ukrainian Feminist Kitchen#7: Labour rights in the contexts of Ukraine and the UK (interactive online event)

WHAT: Ukrainian Feminist Kitchen#7: Labour rights in the contexts of Ukraine and the UK (interactive online event)

WHEN: March 27 at 20.00 EET(Kyiv time)/ 19.00 CET/ 18:00 GMT

WHERE: ZOOM. To participate in the event, fulfill the Registration Form.

LANGUAGE: English (with foreign and ukrainian participants)

This session will centre our conversation on fostering solidarity concerning labour rights within the contexts of Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Our aim is to delve into the significance of advocating for fair treatment and empowerment of workers amidst the challenges posed by the ongoing war in Ukraine. Also, we’ll examine and contrast the challenges and triumphs encountered in advocating for workers’ rights in the UK.

Register to join us for our Ukrainian Feminist Kitchen#7 online event on March 27 at 20.00 EET (Kyiv time)/ 19.00 CET/ 18:00 GMT!

Make sure to check the time according to your timezone: Time of the Event

Our guest speakers: Vicky Blake, an activist in the University and College Union at Leeds University, UCU branch’s Honorary Secretary and member of the committee of the Abortion Rights campaign (UK), Julie Ward, an activist and member of the national USC committee, and former Labour Party Member of the European Parliament (UK), and Oksana Dutchak, researcher, Marxist feminist, co-editor of the online journal Spilne/Commons (Ukraine).

Moderating the discussion will be Marija Jakovljević, feminist activist from Serbia, SCI alumna, exploring intersection of peacebuilding and solidarity economy.

Two integral parts of UFK events are both discussions and collective drawing sessions.

During the discussion we welcome all participants to join the creative activity we have prepared – we’re going to draw willow seals as the Ukrainian traditional symbols of spring and make vytynanka (the pattern, cut out of paper with scissors).

Guiding us through this creative endeavor will be the talented Ukrainian artist and poet, Viktoriia Cherniakhivska.

To delve deeper into the “Ukrainian Feminist Kitchen” project, you can watch recordings of previous meetings:  femwork.org

Register to participate:

Registration form

Ukrainian Feminist Kitchen#8: How do we build our solidarity – thoughts from Ukraine and Italy (interactive online event)

WHAT: Ukrainian Feminist Kitchen#8: How do we build our solidarity – thoughts from Ukraine and Italy (interactive online event)
WHEN: April 18 at 19.00 CET/ 20.00 EET

 

On April 18th, the 8th and final event of the Ukrainian Feminist Kitchen took place. The topic of discussion at this meeting was “How do we build our solidarity – thoughts from Ukraine and Italy.” We invited Italian activists to participate: Laura Schiavone, Activist from Làbas (Bologna, Italy), Antonella Amadei, activist of Municipio Sociale Làbas (Italy). And our guest speakers from Ukraine: Yosh, feminist activist, ex-head of Feminist Workshop (Ukraine), Alla Solod, coordinator in Feminist Workshop (Ukraine).
Marija Jakovljević, activist advisor and consultant supporting care work of feminist collectives and women’s funds, moderated the event.

Activists were exchanging their thoughts from everyday activism in their collectives. Emphasizing collective (un)learning, solidarity, and mutual support, and addressing systemic inequalities and patterns we unintentionally reproduce, these discussion highlight the importance of fostering healing amidst adversity, abandoning the mindset of scarcity and competition, and co-creating self-reflexive and caring spaces and solidarity-based mechanisms at all levels of our societies.

Besides the discussion, we’ve had a great time drawing together Ukrainian attributes of Easter – bucket, colored eggs and Easter cake. We’ve created wonderful drawings under guidance of the poet and artist Viktoriia Chernyakhivska. And are waiting to see her final art-collage with these works!