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Union women planted viburnum near the house of the famous writer Olha Kobylianska

On the eve of Ukraine's Independence Day and the 160th anniversary of Olha Kobylianska's birth, members of the Chernivtsi branch of the Ukrainian Women’s League planted a viburnum in front of the house where the talented writer lived in Chernivtsi as part of the Kalyna project.

The Kalyna project was launched in May 2023 and aims to preserve the viburnum as one of the beautiful symbols of Ukraine and home. The project was launched by the Ukrainian Women’s League, initiated and led by Honorary Chairwoman Oreslava Khomyk.

Allied women planted viburnum on the territory of the Bukovyna Center for Culture and Art in Chernivtsi.

The event was also attended by: Dmytro Bilous, a member of the Chernivtsi City Council; Mykola Shkriblyak, head of the Bukovyna Center for Culture and Art; Ivan Derda, head of the Chernivtsi branch of the Taras Shevchenko All-Ukrainian Society for Education; Daryna Yaremchuk, former head of the Bukovyna Center for Culture and Art; Larysa Kurushchak, head of the research and education department of the Chernivtsi Regional Art Museum; cultural figures from Bukovyna Oksana Rotar, Natalia Protsiuk, Tetiana Petryshyna, Mykhailo Grafov, Lilia Krysko, and others. Many thanks for their help in organizing the viburnum planting event to the staff of the Bukovyna Center for Culture and Art.

Union members also took part in events marking the 160th anniversary of Olga Kobylianska's birth. In the anniversary year of the famous Bukovyna writer, many events are planned to honor her talent. Recently, in the museum-estate of the famous Bukovynian woman in the village of Dymka, Bukovyna educators held the annual summer literary event "At Olha Kobylianska's", which aims to inspire the artists of the region to write new works in the atmosphere in which the talented countrywoman lived.

Many thanks to the moderator of the event, Olena Repina, and all the organizers of the exhibition dedicated to the prominent modernist writer who actively advocated for equality between men and women and for women's right to a decent life. She realized her ideas in her works. Her heroines are strong in spirit, with character, ready to challenge society.

"We are grateful to everyone who joined and supported our community, as well as to everyone who seeks to preserve and enhance our cultural heritage. Together we will prove that our national identity crosses borders and is preserved in every corner of the world! In 1902, in Chernivtsi, Olha Kobylianska co-organized and headed the Ukrainian Girls' Circle. It was the spiritual world of Olha Kobylianska that interested the Chernivtsi branch of the Union of Ukrainian Women and me as the head of the branch," commented Olena Ponomarenko, head of the Chernivtsi branch of the Ukrainian Women’s League.