Ukrainian Hero

03.13.14

Pop Star Ruslana Joins 2014 Women in the World Summit

She galvanized the crowd in Kiev’s Maidan square, and now she's set to appear at the 2014 Women in the World Summit.

Ukrainian pop star Ruslana Lyzhychko, who fearlessly rallied the crowd in Kiev's Maidan Square, will join the fifth annual Women in the World Summit, April 3-5. Ruslana has won various awards for her music but is now known around the world as the voice of the revolution. Despite death threats and hostile police, she performed the Ukrainian national anthem nearly every night for three months, keeping the protestors’ spirits up; her longest performances stretched to ten hours. One freezing night in December, as armed security forces descended on the square, Ruslana remained onstage, encouraging the activists to stand their ground and resist non-violently. 

“It is an honor to bring this courageous and talented voice of the Ukranian people to Women in the World," said Tina Brown, founder of Women in the World. "Ruslana’s commitment to democracy in Ukraine and her strength to lead her people are a true inspiration.”

Ruslana was just awarded the 2014 International Woman of Courage Award at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama. She is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and was named one of Forbes magazine’s 10 most influential women of 2013. 

Other confirmed participants for this year’s Women in the World Summit include: Hillary Clinton, Christine Lagarde, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Rashida Jones, Laurene Powell Jobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Meryl Streep, Mellody Hobson, Jehane Noujaim, Angélique Kidjo, Sarah Silverman and many more.

The fifth annual Women in the World Summit runs April 3rd – 5th at Lincoln Center. Tickets are available here.