04.08.2014 Ruslana at the conference TEDx in Sao Paolo, Brazil

Ruslana is currently staying in Sao Paolo, Brazil, where she will take part in the world-known annual TEDx conference which is dedicated to the ideas worth spreading.

Ruslana: “I will be dedicating my speech at the world-famous conference TEDx which will take place on March 23 in Sao Paolo, Brazil, to the Maidan and the power of the people. This conference will be opened by Pelé, the most legendary football player.

The Maidan: revolution or evolution?

At the Maidan we were defending the things which hold the most value for us - the life, the future, dignity, the right to choose! We wanted to change our lives for the better, to get a perspective for our country's as well as of our own development.

We all want to be happy in Ukraine and not having to resort to seeking a happier life overseas. What was it that took place on the Maidan: revolution or evolution? By all means we want to create, not ruin.

Maidan is what the creation of life is based upon: mutual understanding, solidarity, the desire to hear each other and to help each other, giving up everything for your close ones, giving up everything for your country while not expecting anything in return, the desire to be together!

Maidan was praying in all languages and all religions. We are all different, but united by a sole idea - Ukraine! To me, the picture of Maidan will always remain as the "Lights of Freedom".

Alongside Ruslana, the other participants of this very conference will include the world-famous football player Pelé, the Secretariat-General of the Presidency of the Republic, Gilberto Carvalho, activist and defender of the women's rights in Egypt, Mona Eltahawy, journalist and co-ordinator of the civil initiatives during the protests in Brazil, Bruno Torturra, and a 14-year old student Isadora Faber, who got renowned for her online diaries revolving around the problems faced by students.

Right after Brazil, Ruslana will be taking off to Washington where she will honored by the Atlantic Council.

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