MasterWord is a company driven to do business with heart and dedicated to peacefully connecting people across language and culture. MasterWord denounces the unjust Russian Federation invasion of Ukraine and the suffering it has brought on the Ukrainian people.
As a founding member of the Global Coalition of Language Rights, on March 3, MasterWord joined with other member organizations in condemning the abuse of language rights discourse to justify the Russian invasion of Ukraine:
The Global Coalition for Language Rights (GCLR) advocates for and defends language
rights in order to promote peace, prosperity, and justice for all. Therefore,
we condemn the recent abuse of language rights discourses to falsely portray
the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a defense of Russian-speakers’ language
rights. This argument has been made by various Russian leaders and repeated on
social media, giving rise to the harmful claim that opposing war undermines
language rights. GCLR rejects this argument, and we reject the perverse use of
language rights as a cover for state violence. We affirm that although the
struggle for language rights aims to disrupt unjust systems, it must never
destroy human lives. We also affirm that the struggle for language rights is a
grassroots struggle, not the struggle of armies and states. We participate in
this struggle with the broader purpose of promoting peace, justice, and life.
Any use of language rights discourse to promote war, impose injustice, and
cause death is counter to the mission of our coalition, and we oppose it.
MasterWord also took immediate steps to support US sanctions impairing the ability of the Russian and Belarusian governments to use their economies and financial systems to further the invasion and occupation of Ukraine.
Our hearts go out to all those who are experiencing trauma because of the crisis. The people of Ukraine have suffered incredible trauma and loss. Frontline healthcare workers and interpreters, still reeling from the global pandemic, are also facing an increasing risk of vicarious trauma. In response, MasterWord CEO, Ludmila Golovine, has shared her online presentation Vicarious Trauma and Language Professionals at no cost through the American Translators Association. The same presentation outlining powerful coping strategies is also available through the MasterWord Institute.
Would you like to offer support to those affected by the conflict?
Voices of Children – The Ukrainian organization’s Charitable Foundation helps provide psychological and psychosocial support to children affected by the armed conflict. https://voices.org.ua/en/
International Committee of the Red Cross – This Switzerland-based organization is aiming to help people affected by the conflict and support the work of the Ukrainian Red Cross. https://www.icrc.org/en/where-we-work/europe-central-asia/ukraine
Hungarian Helsinki Committee – Provides free legal advice and representation for refugees in Ukrainian, Russian, Hungarian, and English. https://helsinki.hu/en/information-for-people-fleeing-from-ukraine/