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Tetiana Zhukova

Tetiana Zhukova

international advocacy manager

tz@humanrights.org.ua

Tetiana has been interested in public relations since childhood. Attended the Minor Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, volunteered in Austria, published articles in local newspapers.

Later, entered the Faculty of International Relations of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. During her studies, took an active part in student and civil society life: was a member of NGOs “Young Diplomacy” and AIESEC, completed an internship at the information policy department of the Lviv City Council, the consular department of the Embassy of Ukraine in Germany, and the NATO Academy, publishing the research paper “Russian-Ukrainian armed conflict: Ukraine’s perspective”.

After receiving bachelor’s degree, worked in the international news department of Channel 24, took part in volunteer programs in Germany and Switzerland and training in Armenia. Later, went on a long-term volunteer trip to Spain, teaching English in schools and helping organize educational and integration events.

Realized that she would like to work on the promotion of human rights in the world and support those in need. Enrolled for a master’s degree in “Human rights, democracy, and international justice” at the University of Valencia. During her studies, contributed to the search for the links in corruption schemes involving the ruling elite of Equatorial Guinea, and was also concerned with the problem of statelessness, writing a research paper “Childhood statelessness as a consequence of gender discriminatory legislation in the Middle East and North Africa region.”

In addition, was involved in the activity of the legal department of the Rumiñahui association, helping consult refugees and immigrants about the legalization possibilities. Started working as an editor of the Ukrainian-language version of the EU Neighbors east platform supported by the European Commission.

After returning to Ukraine, joined the international relations department of the Office of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, but Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine changed all plans. Later, started an internship at the foreign policy directorate of the European Parliament, working specifically on the topic of Ukraine, facilitating the organization of meetings with the Ukrainian delegation, helping write briefings and statements about Ukraine, in particular, for the President of the European Parliament. In addition, made efforts to cover the horrors of the war that engulfed Ukraine, giving interviews and joining demonstrations.

Hobbies: embroidering, hiking, painting.

Believes that the light will definitely win if everyone makes even a tiny bit of effort.