Women who are human rights defenders from business related abuses: stories that change the world

Olena Uvarova 
Mariya Yasenovska
Design: Ganna Volkova
Illustration: Helga Yasenovska

Kharkiv, 2020

The publication presents the stories of women human rights defenders in cases on the negative business impact on human rights. These are the stories of women from different continents – North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe. And each of these stories demonstrates different aspects of the fight for human rights – it could be significant cases of large-scale human rights violations by businesses, followed by experts around the world, or cases of common everyday business practices, which can also negatively affect on human rights.
The publication includes just 12 stories of women in the field of human rights, as it is impossible to name all those who contribute to the promotion of responsible business conduct. Our aim is not to find the best – we want to show that women with very different destinies in very different conditions, using different legal instruments, work for the same goal – to protect human rights from violations by business.
The purpose of this publication is also to draw attention to the role of women in business and human rights cases and to the challenges faced by human rights defenders in general.



Women with disabilities — Human Rights Activists: Stories of Inclusivity

Idea by: Mariya Yasenovska
Interviewed by: Olena Zinenko, Iva Stishun
Editors: Olga Synyugina
Design: Ira Olenina
Layout: Maryna Dukhnich

Kharkiv, 2020

We present “Women with disabilities — Human Rights Activists: Stories of Inclusivity” — a project made under the auspices of the WILPF and the Gender Equality and Women’s Rights Workgroup with the Civic Solidarity Platform (Ukrainian part of the sub-project “Promotion of Gender Equality in the OSCE Participating States as Contribution to Prevention of Conflicts, Strengthening of Peace and Protection of the Women’s Rights” as part of the DRA project “Strengthening the Cooperation within the OSCE Participating States: Promotion of Human Rights Protection — Strengthening the Cooperation, Sustainability and Efficiency” with financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany. Activists of Kharkiv Regional Foundation “Public Alternative” interviewed twelve Ukrainian women with disabilities — human rights activists: Daryna Brykaylo, Olena Vyshnya, Valentyna Dobrydina, Daria Korzhavina, Iryna Larikova, Rayisa Kravchenko, Iryna Sarancha, Yuliia Sachuk, Uliana Pcholkina, Tetyana Furmanova, Nataliia Morotska and Iva Stishun. We asked the project participants to give answers to the same questions so as to keep the conversation going in the same direction. As expected, the answers were most diverse: our respondents shared their personal experience and each story proved to be unique.
Important note: the respondents were interviewed in August-November 2020 — the period when the whole world was hit by COVID-19 the hardest. Same as many countries worldwide, Ukraine imposed quarantine restrictions.


Business and Human Rights in Times of Global Emergencies: State Obligation to Protect

Olena Uvarova
Design: Helga Yasenovska

Kharkiv, 2020

The publication provides an overview of the key principles of the state’s fulfillment of the positive obligation to protect human rights from violations by business during the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic: the constitutional procedure of state’s using emergency powers in times of crisis; balancing the need to ensure public health and human rights protection; balancing the competing rights of non-state actors with taking into account the concept of the right to security as freedom from fear and freedom from want; implementation international human rights law requirement on restriction of human rights, including the derogation from international human rights obligations.
The second part of the publication is an overview of the results of a survey on the implementation of the obligation to protect human rights from business violations by various countries around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. It identifies the main regulatory models that states use to fulfill their obligation to protect human rights from business violations.
Language of the report is Ukrainian. A summary in English is available on pp. 39-57.

The gender dimension of internal displacement in Ukraine: local policies, business practices and legal instruments of protection.

Olena Uvarova
Mariya Yasenovska

Kharkiv, 2020

Project “” Gender sensitiveness of local policies and legal practices on internal displacement” was realized be KRF Public Alternative with support by the Council of Europe project “Iternal displacement in Ukraine: building solutions”. 
Implementation period: September 16, 2019 – August 8, 2020
The Project was aimed at embedding gender as a cross-cutting issue in local policies and legal practices on internal displacement.
Objectives of the project were:
1. Incorporation of gender component to regional and local development plans or IDP’s integration programs in pilot communities.
2. Improvement of legal practices on IDP’s rights protection through gender sensitive and victim-oriented approach.
3. Integration of a gender perspective in business practices related to IDPs.

Summary of the main project’s results and publications. 

Women and displacement in Ukraine. Analytical report

Babiy V.
Uvarova O.
Yasenovska M.

Kharkiv, 2019

Cover photo: dwelling house, damaged by shelling, so-called “raskraska” (“colouring”) by the portrait of the local teacher on it’s wall in Avdiivka.1
This material is an analytical report on the results of desk and field researches on the observance of the women’s rights among IDP’s in Ukraine with the overall assessment of the challenges these women face. This analytical report contains monitoring of court decisions, related to IDP’s issues, taking into account the gender aspect; analysis of state and local programmes on the specific steps to support of internally displaced women and their needs; review of research of international and local organisations in the identified field; results of research, based on the interview with female IDPs and representatives of support organisations from Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Research was completed with cooperation of the NGO “DRA” in the framework of “Working Group on Women and Gender Realities in the OSCE Region” of the “Civic Solidarity Platform”, namely the project “Strengthening Civil Society Cooperation in the OSCE Region in Regards to Security, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Gender Equality”, with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Opinions expressed in this report may not reflect the official position of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.