Date: 29 March 2023
Location: Riga, Latvia
Over a year has passed since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. To this day, in times of war and conflict dominant narratives and policies focus on men as heroes fighting for their country, while women are portrayed only as victims. But in every war it isn’t just the military that is fighting. Every Ukrainian is fighting for their country, for freedom, for independence, and for peace. So much of that fight is happening off the front, and women are central in it. "Oh, Sister!" is a documentary about six women and their fight for peace in Ukraine.
A discussion about women’s role in fighting for freedom, peace and justice, and the dangers of excluding their contributions, will follow the screening.
Date and time: Doors open at 18:30, event starts at 19:00, at Tallinas Kvartāla Angārs.
Justīne Elferte is an experienced project manager, currently serving as the “Oh, Sister” Coordinator at the Nobel Women’s Initiative. She is a visiting lecturer at Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL) on topics of diplomacy, EU External Relations and comparative politics. Previously she managed projects at Latvia's Financial Intelligence Unit, and headed RGSL's International Department.
Rita Ruduša is a veteran journalist, editor and public media executive. Her professional geography spans four countries – a foreign correspondent in Moscow and London, a broadcaster in Prague, and an editor and media manager in Riga. Rita Ruduša has been the head of two key journalist organisations, the Latvian Journalist Association and the Baltic Centre for Media Excellence, and is the author of two books and several scripts for documentaries, including Homo Sovieticus.
Daria Kalashnikova is a contemporary Ukrainian artist and writer. She was born in Luhansk, Ukraine. Due to the occupation of Luhansk in 2014, she was forced to move to Kyiv and became an internally displaced person. In 2014-2015, Daria Kalashnikova worked as an adviser to the Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, in 2014 she as a candidate, took part in Parliamentary elections in Ukraine. In 2014-2019 she served as an adviser to the MP Mustafa Nayyem. Currently, she is going through her second war and since May 2022 resides in Latvia as a refugee where he is active in her artistic endevors.
Lolita Čigāne is Head of Resilience Program at the Center for Geopolitical Studies Riga. She was first elected as a Member of Parliament in Latvia in 2010, and re-elected a further two times. Lolita Čigāne is also an international election expert, and has led numerous OSCE election monitoring missions. Prior to entering politics she was a civil society activist, journalist and the chairperson of the Board of Transparency International Latvia.
Daina Ruduša is the Head of Media and Communications at the Nobel Women’s Initiative. She joined NWI in October 2023 after leaving New York, where she led communications efforts for the global LGBTIQ equality organisation OutRight International. Prior to that she worked at numerous feminist and LGBTIQ organisations, including ILGA-Europe in Brussels, and CARE International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in London.
Nataliia is from Mariupol, Ukraine, and she worked in social services in Ukraine for 8 years, including being Deputy Director of the Mariupol City Center for Social Services for Families, Children and Youth, until after the start of Russia's military aggression in Ukraine. Nataliia has extensive on-the- ground experience from working with victims of gender-based violence, sexual violence, and is currently working on aid projects for women and children in Ukraine as well as Ukrainian refugees. She is now based in Riga, and works with the Resource Center for Women "Marta".