The organizers of the campaign in support of Ukrainian women, which has attracted a lot of attention in Lithuania and all around the world, invite all women around the world to sign the petition demanding to end the Russian aggression against Ukraine.
Lithuanian women want the petition to reach Russian women’s organizations.
They emphasize that with Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine, we are now living in very dangerous and cruel times, and it is not coincidental that the petition, which appeals to Russian women, focuses on uniting women all around the world.
“Women know best what it means to start, carry and give birth to a new life, that is why they are the ones who should cease being silent and at least try to stop this bloody massacre of innocent people, including children. Otherwise, the hands of all women and the people of Russia will forever be stained with the blood of innocent people,” said Agnė Grigaliūnienė, one of the initiators of the petition and the co-owner of the events and communication agency “Olive. Living Communication.”
Marketing entrepreneur Dovilė Filmanavičiūtė draws attention to the particularly difficult situation of Ukrainian women who are giving birth or have recently given birth.
“If you lack the motivation to lift yourself off the couch to go out to streets to protest, to sign petitions, or contribute in any other way, I suggest you take a hard look at the photos and videos of Ukrainian women giving birth in metro stations, waiting in basements for the health of their premature babies to improve, burying relatives or dying on the battlefield themselves,” said Dovilė. According to her, after seeing such images there will be no doubt about what needs to be done.
Inga Jablonskė, another initiator of the petition, the co-founder and director of women’s university “WoW University,” still believes that the Russian mothers can actually do something: “The language of women is the language of love. Let’s pray, let’s ask Russian mothers to hear us and to take action. The power of women lies in the sense of community as together we can do the impossible. Let’s do everything in our power to stop all of this.”
Journalist Daiva Žeimytė-Bilienė says that she cannot understand why Russian mothers allow their children to die: “After all, it’s neither theirs nor their children’s war, it’s the war of a few people who have lost their sense of humanity and for whom the human life is worth nothing.”
Živilė Kropaitė-Basiulė, a journalist and the author of a book about her grandmother, who was a partisan liaison officer during the Lithuanian resistance against the Soviet occupation, says that history has repeatedly shown us how inhumanly strong women can be. However, what we see today is a meaningless loss of lives.
“Today we all must do something in our power for the women of Ukraine, for all the people of Ukraine. Trying to reach Russian women through various channels, including social networks and official websites of Russian institutions is one of the million ways to help,” she added.
“Russia is living in fear because of Putin’s regime: he imprisoned the opposition and now he is beating people in the streets. However, in the 1990s, during the war in Chechnya, Russian mothers proved that there is nothing stronger than love. They were the voice of Russia’s conscience and demanded to end the war, to return their sons, fathers, and brothers from the war machine. I believe that even today the love of Russian mothers and loved ones can do a lot,” said Jūratė Juškaitė, Director of the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights.
The protest, organized by publicly active Lithuanian women on February 27th, attracted a lot of interest: thousands of women gathered in the three biggest cities of Vilnius, Kaunas, and Klaipėda. The initiative spread not only in Lithuania but also all around the world: the message of support for Ukrainian women was distributed through more than 230 media channels.
The Ukrainian anthem was played during the protest outside the Russian embassy in Vilnius and the messages of support for Ukraine and all the women there were shared in hopes of appealing to the hearts of Russian mothers, whose sons are dying while killing the innocent people of Ukraine.