14/04/2022 | Writer: Kaos GL
“Russia is coming with its “traditional values” and will be hunting us, those who are dangerous for their evil empire”
Kaos GL’s 10th International Feminist Forum will be held under the title “The end of the world as we know it – New Alliances” at 16-17 April.
One of the speakers of the forum is Olena Shevchenko. Olena is a human rights defender and educator from Ukraine whose focuses are LGBT rights and women’s rights. She is chairperson of Insight, a public organization she and two of her friends founded and officially registered in 2008.
Insight is unique among other LGBTQI organizations because of its inclusiveness and feminist approach. Before founding Insight, Olena volunteered for 3 years in a feminist-lesbian organization and was a senior teacher for 4 years at the National Pedagological University in Kiev.
Today Insight, under her leadership, has become a visible and significant player for advocacy both nationally and internationally.
Olena recently wrote an article on Russian invasion:
“Russia is coming with its “traditional values” and will be hunting us, those who are dangerous for their evil empire. I heard they already have lists of activists who will be persecuted first and I am sure that LGBTQI+ activists are on those lists.
“We already had a similar situation in 2014, when Russia occupied our territories and many people were forced to leave their homes. Many of them were LGBTQI+ people, who told us they were hunting them and some were killed or disappeared.”
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Tags: human rights, women