ExpertiseDemocracy and Political Participation
Refugees, Migration, IDPs
Women Human Rights Defenders
In the words of Lyubov Maksymovych: “Life goes on, even in a temporary home” UN Women Stories Oct 14, 2022
In search of safe haven, seeking shelter from the war UNDP Ukraine Jun 21, 2022
Interview with Liuba Maksymovych Video Committee for Open Democracy’s Help Ukraine 22 Apr 18, 2022
Ukraine and the Importance of International Collaboration Wellesley Centers for Women Mar 4, 2022
Lyubov Maksymovych heads the Centre Women’s Perspectives, a leading non-profit NGO in Ukraine dedicated to protecting women’s rights and promoting equal rights and opportunities for men and women.
She is an expert, consultant, trainer, mentor, coach, and one of the leaders of the women’s movement in Ukraine.
Within days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, 2022 her team created a shelter for internally displaced people. By fall they had hosted about 600 women and children at six shelters. Women’s Perspectives received funding in the fall from the United Nations Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund, aimed at providing vital assistance to women and girls affected by the war. The NGO also helps women find jobs, provides psychological and legal aid, offers social support and works as a support hub for other women’s organizations in eight regions of Ukraine.
The Centre works against human trafficking. In addition to humanitarian support, Women’s Perspectives conducted a rapid assessment of women’s gender needs in the military.
During 24 years of public activity, Lyubov has actively supported the participation of women in all spheres of public life and promoted the introduction of gender approaches to the formation of local and regional policy in Ukraine.
She has experience running for the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) and local governments. She is a consultant to the National Democratic Institute on women’s participation in politics and gender budgeting. Lyubov worked as a member of the working group ‘Empowerment of Women in the Economic Sphere’ at the Inter-Factional Association of Women Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada.
She has repeatedly studied and interned in the United States, Canada, Germany and other countries. She did an internship in Sweden as part of the Gender Equality in Entrepreneurship Program. She has participated in All-Ukrainian and international conferences in Spain, Germany, Finland, France, Canada, USA, Israel.
She is a certified trainer of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine and the United Nations Development Program gender policy program. She was awarded the Diploma of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine for significant personal contribution to the development of entrepreneurship, market infrastructure and high professionalism.