Media Advisory: Three women Nobel peace laureates to visit Lviv on June 22

The laureates will meet Ukrainian women, activists, Governor of Lviv Regional Administration, and Mayor of Lviv 

Who: Nobel peace laureates –Tawakkol Karman (Yemen), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia) and Jody Williams (USA)
What: Crossing the Polish-Ukraine border to visit Lviv
When: June 22, 2022. 
Where: Entry to Ukraine via train reaching the Lviv station. Return to Poland via the pedestrian crossing at Medyka border control

Three Nobel peace laureates will be travelling to Lviv, Ukraine on Wednesday, June 22 to listen to Ukrainian women and learn how to best support their work for peace.

While in Ukraine, the laureates—Tawakkol Karman (Yemen), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia) and Jody Williams (USA) – will visit the Lviv train station that has been the hub for displaced persons over the last four months, and speak with the conductors, most of whom are women. The Laureates will also meet with displaced Ukrainian women currently living in a shelter run by Women’s Perspective. The Ukrainian Women’s Fund has organized discussions between the laureates and women’s organizations and activists. The delegation will also be meeting with the Governor of the Lviv Regional Administration, Maksym Kozytskyy and the Mayor of Lviv, Andriy Ivanovych Sadovyi.  

The laureates have been in Poland since Monday, June 20 to commemorate World Refugee Day by meeting women and children survivors of war, refugees, and activists fighting for peace, gender rights, and the rights of minority communities. They also met Jacek Majchrowski, the Mayor of Krakow. 

This visit to Poland and Ukraine is part of the Women Leading Peace: Standing with women in conflict delegation organized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative in collaboration with organizing partners including United for Ukraine and The Azadi Project

The laureates will travel to Lviv on the train departing Przemysl station at approximately 10 am CET and return to Poland via the pedestrian crossing at Medyka approximately at 9:00 pm CET (time may vary).

Press Conference

Their visit in Poland and Ukraine will culminate in a press conference that will take place at 4:00 pm CET, on June 23rd at Sheraton, Kraków SG Hotel Sp. z o.o. ul. Powisle 7 31-101 Krakow.

For more information or to arrange interviews with the laureates, contact:

In Ukraine:

Angelina Janschad, 
United for Ukraine
+49 172 942 8061

In Poland:

Katia Gianneschi
Nobel Women’s Initiative Media Outreach
[email protected]
+ 1 613 614 9740

Bartosz Ocipski
The Azadi Project Media Consultant
[email protected]
+48 605 682 236

In Ottawa:

Kim MacKenzie
Nobel Women’s Initiative
Manager of Communications and Public Engagement
[email protected]
+1-613-569-8400 x 113

About the Nobel Women’s Initiative

The Nobel Women’s Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and courageous women peace laureates to increase the power and visibility of women’s movements working globally for peace, justice and equality. We work to strengthen and expand feminist efforts to promote nonviolent solutions to war, violence and militarism. The Initiative is led by Nobel peace laureates Jody Williams (USA), Shirin Ebadi (Iran), Rigoberta Menchú Tum (Guatemala), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), and Tawakkol Karman (Yemen).For more information, visit: www.nobelwomensinitiative.org

About The Azadi Project

The Azadi Project is a US-based non-profit organization that works to enhance the voice and agency of refugee women and girls around the world. Since its inception, Azadi has benefited over 5,000 women refugees through its Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) sessions and other programs. Its mission is to enhance refugee women and girls’ voice and agency by providing storytelling skills and psychosocial support to women in refugee settlements globally, the most recent of which is for Ukrainian refugee women and young girls in Krakow, Poland. For more information, visit www.theazadiproject.com