Women & Family Clubs
Whilst Ukraine still has a male dominant society, when you look behind the machismo there is generally a woman. The Ukrainians have a great phrase that goes something like: “The man is the head but the woman is the neck” and nothing could be more aptly said to describe how women – not men – decide what is going to happen, and when.
Now, we are not implying that women are just in the background prodding their husband. More and more frequently they are running their own companies and often are the breadwinner. Many of the expats (and I’m sorry but the majority here are men) who have settled here will have done so with smart, intelligent, motivated women. If they have gone for beauty alone more often than not they and their spouse will be disappointed – but that’s another story.
In this part of the website we are not going to dwell on relationships but on the organisations that support women in Ukraine – often those who are here raising families as their partner has been sent here by his company or embassy; or because they have set up in Ukraine to make a bright new future.
International Women’s Club of Kiev
IWCK was founded in 1992 by a small group of expatriate women in the newly independent Ukraine. The aim was to bring together women from all over the world to take part in a range of charitable, cultural and social activities. IWCK is registered as a charity in Ukraine, as all their financial activities are directed at raising money for charities. The club brings together women from all over the world to take part in a range of charitable, cultural and social activities. There are over 350 members from different backgrounds and countries, meeting regularly to improve their knowledge of Ukraine, to help the less fortunate here, and simply to enjoy social contacts.
The Club Coordinator, Galina Timoshenko, is the contact person and runs the day-to-day business of the club. The language for communication in the club is English, though many members speak other languages and there are seven different conversation groups among our Interest Groups: English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian.
We meet regularly once a month at a General Meeting, which often has a cultural theme. There are many other opportunities to socialize, from regular lunches and newcomers’ coffees, to over 20 different Interest Groups ranging from Toddler Group to Literature Group, from Tennis to Patchwork, from Working Women to Ukrainian conversation. We also hold a number of major events throughout the year, from Balls to Charity Bazaars and Art Exhibitions. Many of these fund the charity work that we do to benefit the less fortunate in Kyiv, in which many of our members are very active.
IWCK Program Coordinator: Galina Timoshenko E-mail: email@example.com
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