European Parliament: “No more wars if women ruled the world” – says Ukraine’s Alona Lebedieva

Russia’s decision to halt an agreement that allows grain to flow from Ukraine to countries in Africa where hunger is a growing threat has been widely condemned.

She is also a Member of the supervisory board of Corporate Investment Fund Start-up and a graduate of the Kyiv Institute of International Relations.

She is a strong advocate for change in both the political arena and in the workplace.

The debate considered possible comparisons between current events in both Ukraine and war-torn Sudan.

She said, “Some 2.5 million of Sudan’s people are at risk of starvation while some 24.7m people need humanitarian aid and protection. It is almost half of Sudan’s population.

“The general secretary of the UN said he is appalled by large-scale rapes in Sudan. He is particularly concerned about the deepening ethnic aspect of the confrontation, as well as spike in sexual violence across the country.

“Some 140,000 refugees have fled the country, 90% of them are women and children. We are reading horrifying stories of murders, rapes, assaults and violence.”

She added, “Since Russia’s invasion in Ukraine civilian casualties amount for to more than 24,000.”

“According to the data from the UN high commissioner of human rights the number of wounded Ukrainian civilians has reached more than 15,000 including 445 boys, 314 girls and 276 children. The number of Ukrainian refugees, who have left Ukraine, is recorded to be about 8.5m people. I strongly believe that the real facts are higher by many times.”

She said, “I wish to express my personal appreciation and admiration for the strength of the Sudanese people, especially women, who despite of all harassment, violence and even the threats of life, unite for the sole purpose of helping and protecting.

“Some 49 peace humanitarian initiatives, as well as civil society organizations have formed a Peace for Sudan Platform. These women provide invaluable assistance in humanitarian, psychological and other issues.

“War has led to strong coordination between women’s groups and strong solidarity.

“When speaking about the role of Sudanese women I am filled with pride. Sudanese and Ukrainian women are united in the desire to help, to protect, to cure, to overcome crisis and to stop war. Every woman has incredible potential and united we are, women, can defeat everyone and everything.

“I strongly believe that if women ruled the world, there would be no wars.”

The conference was organised by Italian Member of the European Parliament Fulvio Martussciello, of the European Peoples’ Party (EPP), the largest political group in the European Parliament, and was moderated by Manel Msalmi, adviser to the EPP Group and President of the European Association for The Defense of Minorities.

Other speakers were: Willy Fautre, director of Human Rights Without Frontiers; Iman Hosain Youth Rights Coordinator at Sudan International Human Rights Organisation; Abdo Alnasir Solum, Director of African Human Rights Centre Sweden; Yosra Ali, Head of Sudan International Human Rights Organisation; Ibrahahim Mukhayer, Online Medical Consultant; Christine Mirre, CAP Conscience et Libertés; and Thierry Valle, CAP Conscience et Libertés.