chapter  8
Gender and the Orange Revolution
ByAlexandra Hrycak
Pages 28

Accounts of the Orange Revolution view this event as a positive step forward

for democratization. It has been widely interpreted as a signal that civil society

in Ukraine has grown stronger and more vibrant and that citizens in that

country feel more confident about rejecting the corruption and informal prac-

tices of social control that undermine the fragile foundations of democrati-

zation in post-Soviet countries.1 Yet its slogan, ‘Together we are many, we

cannot be defeated!’ (Razom nas bahato! Nas ne podolaty!), contrasts quite

ironically with the disappointing political outcomes of the Orange Revolution.

Indeed, many questions remain about whether civil society is sufficiently

strong and cohesive in Ukraine to force its elite to move the country closer

towards becoming a consolidated democracy like its western neighbours,

and further away from the majority of post-Soviet states that have already

become authoritarian regimes.2