November 20, 2018

From inspiration to action

The VIC Ukrainian Club is glad to present its brochure “From inspiration to action”. Its main goal is to promote women’s empowerment, personal and professional development, and women in leadership roles, with the hope of inspiring other girls and women to believe in themselves, and to build alliances supporting each other.



This brochure reflects the authentic voices of women from different parts of Ukraine with diverse backgrounds, professions and experiences, and is written for other women and girls striving to define success, build their careers and to fulfill their life goals.

Inspired by the United Nations (UN) seventh Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, we share his strong belief that there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.

In this brochure, we introduce twelve Ukrainian women serving the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. They represent diverse areas of work ranging from sustainable industrial development, finance and auditing, energy management, nuclear safety and security, technology and applications to external relations.

Each woman is presented in two images: in a national costume – as a “keeper” of the Ukrainian national culture and traditions, and in a daily office outfit.

Each provides an inspirational story consisting of three parts:

  • “Ukraine & I” shares heartfelt thoughts about women’s origin and spiritual ties with Ukraine;
  • “UN & I” gives a glance into our professional work and how we connect it with other spheres of our lives; and
  • “My message” finishes with a personal inspirational message from each woman.

The publication has been launched in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna. The VIC Ukrainian Club would like to express its sincere gratitude to the editor Richard Lee, photographers Oleksandr Maistrenko and Maria Klymenko, designer Kateryna Molchanova, project coordinator Oksana Pavliska and all others who contributed to this publication.

We hope you enjoy it!