For Ukraine

by Women of the World

On 21 April 2022, in solidarity with all the people in Ukraine, and to raise funds for them, I invited all who identify as women, globally, to come together to express their concerns in poetry or prose about Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, its impact on Ukrainians and the reactions of world leaders to the war.

Women from Australia, Fiji, United States, United Kingdom, England and New Zealand responded to this call. I am honoured to present to you the collection of powerful poetry and prose written by them in “For Ukraine By Women of the World.” All the authors are listed below.

I am incredibly proud to present Professor Shirley Randell’s Foreword for this E-book. Professor Randell is Patron-in-Chief of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW). Her understanding of the plight of women worldwide and the systemic barriers they face is profound, catalysed by her work in Rwanda, Bangladesh and in Australia as a gender equality expert.

My very special thanks are extended to Richard Healey for volunteering his talents in designing and organising the publication of this E-book, and in a short space of time.

This is an entirely volunteer initiative for Ukraine, from concept to writing to compilation to designing and publication. ALL proceeds from the sale of this E-book are being donated to UN Women Australia for assistance for Ukrainians.

We are indebted to you for your support in joining us assist Ukrainians through purchasing this E-book and promoting this initiative to others. Please use the hashtag #ForUkraineByWomen in social media. You might also like to see the poem by Melanie Hawkes as an additional contribution to this initiative.

Together, we stand with Ukrainians in their pain and suffering caused by President Putin’s and Russia’s war on Ukraine. We ask President Putin to stop the war on Ukraine.

Thank you.

Dr Diann Rodgers-Healey
Director, Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (ACLW)

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