Blog Archive

November 21, 2018

Reflection on Russia

My first disappointment was that there was no snow—I love Russia in Winter with everything white and gleaming, turning the entire city into an urban enchantment. But this time I was met with a beautiful sunny week of deep-blue cloudless skies, which were a perfect backdrop for the magical gold onion domes and the fantasy of St. Basils Cathedral. (Photo by Joan Roth)
November 20, 2018

Deep Discussion and a Found Voice

During a group discussion about womanhood and healthcare in Russia, I was struck by how fear, shame and guilt seem to be all-consuming forces in the women’s lives when it comes to their health. Even simple wellness practices like self-breast exams are essentially unheard of. (Photo by Joan Roth)
November 15, 2018

The Role of Russian Women and Power in Numbers

Today I attended a multi-track conference on the role of women in modern society at the Civil Chamber of the Russian Federation. Over 100 other activists were in attendance and the room was full of anticipatory buzz. Although I could not understand their words, the energy was palpable.
November 14, 2018

The Price of Radicalism and Patient Power

To start the day the Choices delegation and I met for breakfast at the Metropol Hotel in Moscow. Women’s Rights Activist Alena Popova, famous for her work fighting against the Russian patriarchy, joined us.
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