Alona Shkrum is a member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine where she represents the Batkivshchyna faction. She entered office in November 2014 following a revolution that overthrew the Yanukovich government, and she works to reform her country’s civil service and judiciary, and to promote human rights.

March is Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating with a special podcast feature, produced in partnership with our friends at the Diplomatic Courier. In this 5-part feature, I talk to international women leaders who ran for office, and are working to change their communities through public service. These women were brought to Washington, DC to be honored at an International Women’s Day celebration by the Women’s Democracy Network, a multi-partisan initiative of the International Republican Institute that works to increase women’s political participation, leadership, and representation in elected office in every region of the world. I sat down with these women leaders at the National Press Club to discuss their vision for their countries.

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