Today’s Dame of the Day is Nasta Palazhanka. At age 14, Palazhanka became an active member of Belarus’s youth opposition movement. In spite of imprisonment and threats, she advocates for human rights and freedom in the face of injustice. Palazhanka was a 2011 of the International Women of Courage award.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Elena Korosteleva (January 24, 1972-). As one of the leading academics studying democratization of Europe, Korosteleva conducts research on public perception of the European Union. Her research centers around Eastern European countries who are not currently EU members and the ties they form with member countries. Korosteleva argues that, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, different states achieved democracy to a different degree, making it impossible to lump them all together as one unit.