Synergy of women's leadership in the development of society

Orystlava Sydorchuk, head of the Ukrainian Women's Union, politician, member of the Volyn Regional Council, Doctor of Economics, professor at Lviv Polytechnic National University, took part in an international research internship “European experience in spatial development management for post-war reconstruction of Ukraine” at the University of Gdańsk.

As part of the internship, the head of the women's organization gave a lecture on “Synergy of Women's Leadership in Society Development” and spoke about the activities of the allies.

During her speech, Ms. Orystlava noted that today a new Ukrainian women's leadership continues to be formed: advocates, volunteers, entrepreneurs, and company leaders who take over a business jointly with their husbands, take care of their employees and their families, or defend the country. There are currently 43.5 thousand women in the military in Ukraine. This is the highest number in Europe. At the same time, 56% of newly created businesses this year are women's businesses.

The head of the women's organization also named four components of resilience in times of war that were shaped by women's leadership. These are flexibility, protection, love, and faith in victory.

"True sustainability is impossible without flexibility. You need to adapt to new challenges every day without losing your bearings. And it is a powerful female instinct to defend oneself. To protect children, home and culture, language, identity. It is extremely developed in all women leaders. When you focus on protection, resilience grows automatically. You simply do not have the option of giving up. Love is an important meaning and incentive. Without it, there is no strength to overcome difficulties. Love in its various manifestations: for the country, family, partner. And belief in victory helps you to remain resilient despite any external challenges. When I think about the daily exploits of Ukraine's defenders, I realize that I simply cannot afford to do nothing for the Victory,” said Ms. Orystlava.

Orystlava Sydorchuk was an intern with colleagues from the Department of Regional and Local Development at Lviv Polytechnic National University. The purpose of the internship was to improve the quality of research cooperation in the context of national challenges and post-war reconstruction of Ukraine, to introduce the best world pedagogical practices, and to increase the competitiveness of teachers and researchers in the international educational space.

The internship also included a scientific seminar: “Spatial Management in the Reconstruction of Ukraine,” where Ms. Orystlava delivered a presentation on “Monitoring and Evaluation of Policies and Programs.”

"Many women have taken over management decisions, discovered new qualities and developed new competencies, and it is difficult to contain women's energy. Women's leadership is an important resource for the country's recovery. It is inherent in the nature of things: a woman gives life and is a source of renewal,” summarized Oryslava Sydorchuk.

By the way, as part of the trip to Gdansk, the head of the NGO Union of Ukrainian Women, Ms. Orystlava, and colleagues from Lviv Polytechnic National University handed over books to the Ukrainian Library in Gdansk, which was founded by Kharkiv resident Daria Balabai. You can never have too many Ukrainian books!