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Ukraine. Leave no one behind

My Module 4 Assignment is dedicated to the one the biggest Ukrainian problems which is ageing of the population and dying of the nation.

Nonetheless I believe this slide show will find the response in the hearts and souls of many women around the world and will inspire them to keep their hearts and souls forever young.

The link to the video:

This multimedia story is part of an assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous digital empowerment and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.


Greengirl's picture

Wow Iryna............

Your message is rich and I think I find it so because the issue you raised about carrying everyone, particularly the aged is very important, yet highly overlooked. Thank you for sharing such a very important and timely message! I hope Ukranian Leaders, and in deed global leaders will take heed to the importance of caring for the aged. Of course, everyone desires to age graceful!

Green Girl

Iryna's picture

Enjoying the life

My dear soulmate Greengirl,

Thank you for your words. Working on this presentation I discovered even for myself a lot of things. The most important that life doesn't stop when you become older. The opposite, new opportunities become opened. We should use them and enjoy the life regardless of age.


sallyhedman's picture

Beautifully done

Way to go, Iryna.
The aged deserve to lead fulfilling lives with respect and grace. May Ukrainian families and social services act to honor and care for those who have nurtured their loved ones and communities. Your story is touching and lovely. Thank you for sharing your heart in this piece.

Iryna's picture

Enjoying the life

Thank you for your support, Sally! Every day I meet women of different ages, and I notice how they accept the life. The sad thing is that many of older people stop enjoying it and looks like they are just waiting for the end. From the other side, every time I meet someone who sincerely enjoys the new opportunities (more time to spend with friends, to chat, to read, even to watch tv) I feel happy, proud and sometimes even jealous because of the way they enjoy their lives.
Of course the government should pay more attention to this issue and protect everyone, doesn't matter the age.
Warmest greetings,

Ayunnie's picture

Mind bogging

Hi Iryna,
This is a mind bogging piece of work. Its so ironical that Ukraine will reduce in population and yet Kenya and many African nations are battling with reducing the population. Thank you again and i agree that with age wisdom sets in.

@ Nairobi KENYA
Women have impeccable character, if tapped society realizes quantum leap in development

Iryna's picture

The reasons to be happy

Dear Ayunnie, that's really ironical the fact that while the world is fighting with overflow of population Ukraine is on the edge of extinction. Another thing I notice that my country has an "old face", because so many people are old. More, it has an old female face, because men live ten years less than women. Such sad tendencies of course influence on people. But the most important is to keep optimism and always find the reasons to be happy!

Warm greetings from Ukraine,

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby's picture


Dear Iryna,

This is SO BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED. It is strong but sweet, sad but uplifting, moving, informative and surely a magnificent statement about respect for the older members of society, who are our living history.

Send it to your country's leaders !!! It should be widely viewed, I feel, and I hope it will be.

I bow to you.

With Respect and Admiration,

- Sarah

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby

Sarah, thank you so much for your words! You are as always so inspiring! You cought my idea to show both sides of life and the process of getting older. I sincerely believe that any stage of the life is precious and unique, and we should value and enjoy the new opportunities life brings to us.

Sending to you my warmest hugs,

Hideko N.'s picture

Iryna, I am happy to see that

Iryna, I am happy to see that you worked on the same subject I did before. You have magnetic voice that attracts audience. Helpers and nurses in Japan are over stressed and cannot stay on the job for a long time. How about in Ukraine? I hear that the system is functioned and well organized in Europe in general, while Japan is a little behind. It may be very interesting to find out portrait of aging populations in overall advanced countries around the world and their propensities to employ from developing nations.

In appreciation and support,
Hideko N.

Iryna's picture


Thank you, Hideko! I know, my slideshow sounds optimistic, and it was the idea. But reality is not always so bright, and many older people after retire go under depression and feel confused. They just prepare to die. That's sad. Because you never know how long you will live. Many of these people, especially women, live 20-30 years more. At least. And these years deserve to be lived in respect, with plans and hopes. Me personally support my parents in their wish to know about new technologies, using internet, etc. I love celebrating with them our holidays, and I think we should support olders and our children watching us will do the same when we will need their support.

With warmest wishes,

bitani's picture

Live, love, laugh, believe,

Live, love, laugh, believe, dream!

Thank you Iryna (F)

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else."
—Judy Garland

Iryna's picture

And be happy! ;) Warm

And be happy! ;)

Warm greetings, Bayan!

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