There were days when I was afraid to go to school. Every day I encountered harassment, jokes and bullying. Today I want no child with a disability to face such an experience. I want no parents or family members to feel ashamed that their child or loved ones have a disability.
My disability made me stronger. However, I want people with disabilities not to be forced to become stronger, but have freedom to be themselves without shame and fear.
CANDIDATE TO THE UN COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Access to justice for people with disabilities, particularly in developing countries and countries in conflict
Youth with disabilities is the most marginalized, discriminated, and poorest group within the world's youth population. They can bring change and strength, therefore their voices must be equally represented in decision making, in particular as part of the UN Treaty Bodies. As a member of the Committee I will continue to focus on the rights of young people with disabilities, girls and young women from different communities and cultures.
20 years of advocating for the rights of people with disabilities, in particular cultural rights, political participation of women and youth with disabilities, rights to accessible information and environment. The co-founded organization of people with disabilities "Fight For Right" and the National Human Rights Disability Defenders Network are working towards advancing and strengthening the disability rights movement in Ukraine.
Contributed to the Electoral Code of Ukraine. Member of the Accessibility Working Group at the Central Election Commission. Participated in the development of the National Human Rights Strategy with the focus on disability rights. Serve as an expert of the Examination Commission within the Ministry of Social Policy (Disability Social Fund). Consulted on disability issues the Parliament, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, the OSCE, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Ukraine.
Guest lecturer and trainer on disability human rights for governmental bodies, business entities, media and other stakeholders. Co-author of the analytical papers and Alternative Reports within the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies systems on disability issues. The scope of expertise includes: intersectionality of social identities, advancement of the human rights-based approach to development, business and human rights, ableism in politics.
Growing up with a congenital disability, I heard too often that I was incapable of doing something, or that some things were not for me. That is why I have dedicated my efforts to protecting human rights, combating inequality and discrimination, and strengthening the community of people with disabilities in Ukraine and worldwide
Master Degree with honors in International Relations from the Lesya Ukrainka East European National University Kyiv, Ukraine, 2005
USAID Professional Training Program "Tolerance to Diversity: Understanding and Implementation for Policymakers" Massachusetts, USA, 2014