Video, photo 15:30 21 Sep 2023

Ukraine’s First Lady Zelenska received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for civil leadership

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In the United States, the first lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, received the Clinton Global Citizen Award — an award given for civil leadership. She attended the award ceremony during her visit to the 78th session of the UN General Assembly.

This was reported by the press service of the President's Office on September 20, Rubryka writes.

"It is a great honor for me to accept the award, which was received by the outstanding personalities of the world. Along with the honor, it is also a great responsibility," Zelenska said. "I truly believe leadership is about dedication. Dedication to everyone who trusted you to what you do."

Photo: President's office

Established in 2007 by Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton, this award embodies President Bill Clinton's call to action by recognizing outstanding individuals whose vision and leadership have become an example for the global community. These people have proven that different sectors of society can successfully work together to develop solutions that lead to positive and long-term social change.

Zelenska added that she shares the award with all Ukrainians.

"These days, everyone in my country is a dedicated leader. A mother who takes her child to school and then rushes to work after a sleepless night during the air raid alert. A teacher who gives a class — often in a bomb shelter, remotely, in danger, but still teaching. Rescuers and doctors rushing to the victims of the shelling. Courageous men and women who stand on the front line sacrificing their lives to prevent the enemy from invading their cities, homes – and also to prevent the aggression from spreading further in the world," she said.

During her visit to the USA, Olena Zelenska also presented the MET Speaks Ukrainian campaign: the Metropolitan Museum of Art will launch Ukrainian-language audio commentaries on its exhibits as part of the campaign.

Photo: Olena Zelenska/Telegram

The first lady also visited the exhibition where Arkhip Kuindzhi's "Red Sunset on the Dnieper" painting is kept.

"It was especially pleasant to see the work of Arkhip Kuindzhi and the inscription under it: 'Ukrainian artist.' We are returning to Ukraine the art that Russia has looted for centuries," she emphasized.
Earlier, Suspilne Kultura reported that the Metropolitan Museum changed the inscriptions under Kuindzhi's paintings, indicating his nationality as "Ukrainian."

Photo: Olena Zelenska/Telegram

Oksana Semenyk, an art historian who deals with decolonization, wrote: "They also removed the shameful reference to the fact that the artist is celebrated both in Russia and Ukraine. Finally, they added who exactly destroyed the museum in Mariupol — the Russians. Let me remind you that this work is on permanent display, and thousands, even tens of thousands of people, read about it."

The museum also changed the name of Edgar Degas' painting from "Russian Dancers" to "Dancers in Ukrainian Dress."

It was previously reported that for her contribution to the protection of the mental health of Ukrainians, First Lady Zelenska received the award for "Leadership in the field of health care and human rights." In particular, the fact that more than 60,000 specialists have undergone specialized training.

Note that the first lady believes self-care is not selfishness but responsibility.

In addition, Zelenska advised on how not to keep everything inside to help the psyche overcome stress.

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