First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska to join ‘Women in Conflicts’ event in Brussels on 9 June

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Monday, 06 June 2022 11:11

The First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska will join the ‘Women in Conflicts’ event in Brussels on 9 June. 

The event will bring together women leaders and survivors of conflicts and will

be co-hosted by the President of the European Council Charles Michel.

The event, co-hosted with UN Women, Nadia’s Initiative and the Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation, will focus on survivors, justice and reparation, and women’s leadership in conflict.

This second edition is a follow-up to the ‘Women in Conflicts’ organised in New York City on 21 September 2021.

The event will be broadcast live on Council live and social media channels: Twitter: (https://twitter.com/eucopresident, https://twitter.com/eucouncil), Facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/CharlesMichel, https://www.facebook.com/eucouncil), LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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