Standing with Women Leaders of Belarus

Friday, December 11
10:00AM-11:30AM EST

Read the press release about this event.

Watch the event video below.



The Hon. Madeleine K. Albright
Former U.S. Secretary of State and Mortara Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy, Georgetown University

The Hon. Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Senator, New Hampshire

Dr. Anaïs Marin
UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation with Human Rights in Belarus

Ms. Dunja Mijatovic
Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe

Ms. Yelena Leuchanka
Belarusian Professional Basketball Player and Political Activist

Ms. Irina Krasovskaya
President of We Remember Foundation, seeking justice for enforced disappearances in Belarus

Ms. Natalia Kaliada
Co-Founding Artistic Director, Belarus Free Theatre and Director, Creative Politics Hub

Moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Women continue to be the driving force of the opposition movement in Belarus, bravely leading mass protests for democracy against President Alexander Lukashenko, who will not step down after a contested election in August. The situation is rapidly deteriorating as Lukashenko responds with increasing violence and widespread human rights violations. The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security hosted women leaders from Belarus in a conversation with international and regional policymakers to discuss the critical situation on the ground and what can be done to advance a more peaceful and democratic Belarus.

Hosted by The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.