Hanna Chykalenko-Keller: The First Ukrainian Woman-Diplomat – Participant of the International Forum

DOI: 10.46493/2663-2675.31(5).2021.74-81

Authors:

Iryna Matiash , Institute of History of Ukraine of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Inna Starovoitenko , Institute of Ukrainian Archaeography and Source Studies named after M.S. Hrushevsky

Abstract.

The article for the first time reflects the diplomatic activity of Hanna Chykalenko-Keller (1884-1964) – women with European education, translator, publicist, member of the international women’s movement, presenter of information about Ukraine at many European and world forums 1920-1930ʼs. Three stages of Hanna Chykalenko-Keller's life have been studied - Ukrainian, foreign and emigrant. The decisive role of the Chikalenko family and Anna's teachers in the formation of her worldviews and active life position was noted. It is emphasized that the brilliant education received in various educational institutions allowed Chikalenko-Keller not only to conduct pedagogical and translation activities, but also to enter the civil service of the Ukrainian People's Republic. In particular, attention is focused on Hanna’s coming in the diplomatic service as part of the Ukrainian mission in Switzerland, her positions and responsibilities, participation in the International Congress of the Union for Women’s Suffrage, held June 6-12, 1920 in Geneva. He opened new opportunities for new acquaintanceships, further communications and informing the leaders of the women’s movement about the Ukrainian issue. Along with the diplomatic service, Anna was engaged in public work and became one of the initiators of the establishment of the Ukrainian Women's National Council in Kamianets-Podilskyi, its secretary and author of the statute. The article reflects the activity of Anna Chikalenko-Keller during her emigrant period, in particular, in the events of the Ukrainian Women's Club of Geneva, the meeting of the International Advisory Committee to the High Commissioner of the League of Nations, the World Union of Ukrainian Women, which she joined in 1934 and headed its committee external relations. The article examines Anna's extensive translation and research activities, which she has been involved in for most of her lif

Keywords : diplomatic mission, Switzerland, international congress, M. Vasilko, press bureau, international women's movement

Language of the article : ukrainian

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