Kseniya Kirichenko

Kseniya Kirichenko (she/her) is the UN Programmes Manager at ILGA World.

She is a feminist activist, international human rights lawyer and legal researcher with 10 years of experience in academia and 15 years of practicing in public interest advocacy, strategic litigation and human rights project management at national and international levels.

Since 2021, Kseniya manages our United Nations programmes in general, and in addition coordinates our engagement with UN Treaty Bodies. She is also representing ILGA World at ProtectDefenders.eu, the European Union Human Rights Defenders mechanism established to protect defenders at high risk. Kseniya joined ILGA World in 2016, and lead and coordinated our activities on United Nations Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures, women and training. Kseniya authored ILGA World’s Annual Treaty Bodies Reports (2016-2019) and the first comprehensive research on Treaty Bodies’ jurisprudence on SOGIESC. She also provided support to the ILGA World’s Women’s Steering Committee.

Before joining ILGA World, Kseniya built and developed legal aid, human rights monitoring, strategic litigation and international advocacy programmes within several Russian LGBT organizations, litigated LGBT cases on national level, at the European Court of Human Rights and United Nations treaty bodies, and authored and presented multiple national submissions to the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and United Nations treaty bodies. She founded and led Transgender Legal Defense Project, a Russian organization providing legal support and litigation services to trans communities. She also coordinated several public campaigns and LGBT film festival events in Siberia, Russia, and advised and trained LGBTI activists from other Post-Soviet countries on legal and advocacy strategies. Apart from LGBTI human rights, she has also worked on women’s rights, sex workers’ rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Currently, Kseniya also serves as a Board member of the Eurocentralasian Lesbian* Community (EL*C).

She holds a Law Degree from Novosibirsk State University and completed her PhD studies there doing a comparative legal research on reproductive donorship and surrogacy. She was also a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School in New York City and an International Fellow with the Global Network for Public Interest Law (PILNet).