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Women Transforming

Our Nuclear Legacy

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Mentoring Session Six

“The History of U.S./Soviet-Russian Engagement

and Citizen Engagement:

Why It’s More Important than Ever 
& the Role of Women”

Pathways to Improving U.S.-Russia Relations and

Reducing the Nuclear Threat Series - Women's Dialogue Two

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time 
Via Zoom 


Dialogue Advisors and Participants


  • Ray Acheson, Director, Reaching Critical Will 

  • Aida Akim-Escriva, Program Officer, Adolescent Girls’ Rights at Global Fund for Women  

  • Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Journalist, Feminist, Director, Moscow PEN, Featured Speaker 

  • Emma Claire Foley, Program Associate, Global Zero

  • Melinda Davis, Junior Coordinator, Security Task Force, Vatican COVID-19 Commission

  • Togzhan Kassenova, Senior Fellow, Center for Policy Research, SUNY-Albany, Featured Speaker

  • Cynthia Lazaroff, Founder, Women Transforming Our Nuclear Legacy and Board Member, American Committee for US-Russia Accord, Moderator and Featured Speaker

  • Sarah Lindemann-Komarova, Writer, Researcher and Activist 

  • Eva Merkacheva, Investigative journalist, Member of Human Rights Council of Russia

  • Lubov Shtyleva, Long-term President, Women’s Congress of Kola Peninsula and Board Member, Vyi i Myi Magazine

  • Colette Shulman, Journalist & Public Speaker on the Soviet Union & Russia since 1956, Member, Council on Foreign Relations, Member, Advisory Commission for Europe and Central Asia, Human Rights Watch, Dialogue Advisor

  • Jessica Sleight, Program Director, Global Zero

  • Svetlana Svistunova, Journalist and Filmmaker

  • Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editorial Director and Publisher, The Nation magazine, Board Member, American Committee for US-Russia Accord, Featured Speaker

  • Olga Zdravomyslova, Executive Director, International Foundation for Socio-economic and Political Studies (Gorbachev-Foundation), Vice President, Raisa Gorbacheva Club, Editorial Board Member, Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

  • Natalia Zhurina, Research and Education Officer, Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean 


We are all in this together!


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