For her determination, on March 4 she was among 10 women from around the world who
received the United States’ Women of Courage award, an annual prize handed out this year by First
Lady Michelle Obama and Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom. Lyzhychko received the award for the bravery and fortitude she showed during the EuroMaidan protests that have lasted more than three months and ousted a president and government widely viewed as corrupt.
The award was bestowed upon Ruslana on the basis of her “exceptional
courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender
equality and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk.”