Shining a Light on the Holodomor: A Global Remembrance and Call to Action

In a world that often rushes forward, the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) and Holodomor90 partners invite you to pause, reflect, and commemorate. November has been declared the month of Holodomor awareness to commemorate the 90th anniversary of this tragic time in Ukrainian history. Read yesterday’s blog, ‘Commemorating the Holodomor’s 90th Anniversary‘ to learn more.

Join the #ShineALight initiative to illuminate the shadows of Ukraine’s past as we continue to support and hope for Ukraine’s future

The flicker of a candle symbolizes more than just light; it signifies remembrance. Millions of innocent lives were lost to the genocides of the past and present, and as we light a candle, we take a solemn pledge to keep the flame of remembrance alive. It is a commitment that transcends generations because, at its core, it is a belief in Ukraine’s future.

UWC, in collaboration with the Holodomor90 campaign, has woven together two powerful initiatives into one global campaign. Stefan Romaniw, UWC Vice President and Chair of the International Holodomor Awareness and Recognition Committee, expresses the importance of uniting efforts. Together, we can ensure that the voices of the victims are heard, the truth acknowledged, and the memory of the Holodomor preserved for future generations.
The #ShineALight initiative is a call to individuals and groups, Ukrainians, and friends of Ukraine alike, to illuminate the history of the genocide that cast a long shadow over Ukraine in the 1930s and continues to reverberate into the present day. Participants are encouraged to contribute to the campaign by posting “selfie” images or videos on social media throughout November for Holodomor Awareness.

“The power of the #ShineALight initiative is in the messenger. When people ask their friends to take part, their relationship gives the message meaning. One candle will brighten a dark room — many candles can light up the world,” said a Holodomor90 campaign spokesperson.

How to Participate in #ShineALight:

  • Take a “selfie” video or image lighting a candle.
  • State or post: “I light a candle in remembrance. I believe in Ukraine’s future.”
  • Extend the chain by inviting someone else to do the same.
  • Post your video on Instagram or another social media platform, using the hashtags #ShineALight, #Holodomor90, and #IBelieveInUkrainesFuture. Don’t forget to tag your friends, extending the reach of this powerful campaign.

The Holodomor90 campaign is focused on educating and building more global awareness of the Holodomor. You can find a wealth of information on the website. The more voices raised, the brighter the flame of remembrance, and the stronger the belief in Ukraine’s future. Join the movement, shine a light, and be part of a global chorus echoing the resilience and hope for Ukraine.

Visit the UWC and Holodomor90 websites to learn more about the #ShineALight campaign and other initiatives commemorating the 90th Anniversary of the Holodomor.

Information for this blog article was obtained from the United World Congress and Holodmore90 websites.  Visit to learn more.