Olena Suslova

Founder Women's Information Consultative Center in Ukraine

Region(s): Europe
Country of focus: Belarus, Global, Ukraine
Based in Kyiv, Ukraine

Olena Suslova (@OlenaWicc) is a human rights, gender activist and researcher with more than 20 years of experience. She has worked in Ukraine as well as countries of the former Soviet Union as a short-term expert and trainer on gender, peace culture, conflict resolution, and related themes. She founded an NGO, the Women’s Information Consultative Center, in 1995 in Kyiv, Ukraine. She is the author of several books and about  50 research articles and manuals on gender issues.

Women’s Information Consultative Center counsels and supports women survivors of violence, as well as internally displaced women. They also work on peace-building and advocacy, engage in awareness raising activities with other organizations, and lobby national and international policy-makers for better legislation in Ukraine.

Since the outbreak of the war they have continued to work with activists, supported women in difficulty and constantly published current useful information on their website, such as daily schedules of evacuation trains; instructions on how to act in a crisis situation (explosion, occupation, mental health, and much more); lists of official information channels and other useful information.