Kseniya Kirichenko

Kseniya Kirichenko


Kseniya Kirichenko (she/her) is an intersectional feminist activist, international human rights lawyer and researcher with two-decade experience in social justice, public interest law, advocacy and NGO management.
Originally from Siberia, Kseniya received her law degree from Novosibirsk State University where she taught legal courses for ten years and finished a PhD course in law focusing on comparative legal research of assisted reproductive technologies. Since 2017, shifting to full-time human rights practice with the focus on gender and sexuality, she has been leading programmes on strategic litigation, national and international advocacy, human rights research and education, monitoring and documentation.
Kseniya has founded and was a director of several organisations in Russia, including a Siberian NGO ‘Gender and Law’ and Transgender Legal Defense Project. She also served as a Board Member of the EuroCentralAsian Lesbian* Community (EL*C), was an International Fellow with the Global Network for Public Interest Law (PILNet) and a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School.
In 2016, Kseniya joined ILGA World in Geneva, Switzerland, where she is currently a United Nations Programme Manager. At ILGA World, Kseniya developed, led and implemented projects on women*’s and disability UN advocacy, protection of human rights defenders and strategic litigation before UN treaty bodies. She has authored and published annual research studies on SOGIESC within UN human rights mechanisms, as well as a number of submissions to different UN bodies and guides for activists. Kseniya also supported the work of ILGA World’s Women’s Steering Committee.
Since January 2021, Kseniya is doing her PhD research at the University of Leicester, UK focusing on queer intersectional analysis of UN treaty bodies’ discourses.

Closing Panel : Lesbianizing the world

CEU Nador 15

Incredible, inspiring and fierce activists are resisting, leading fights and shining lesbian genius all over the world. As the final panel of the conference, we have the immense joy and honour to be joined by lesbians representing other regional networks to find common languages, build bridges, coordinate our strategies, learn from each other’s struggles and […]


UN and International Policy

Room Erzsébet Galgóczi

This session aims to showcase how developing international advocacy within the frames of the different UN mechanisms as well as of initiative such as Ilga World LBTIQIA+ Women Steering Committee can serve as a tool for lesbian resistance and countering the hate narrative with legal instruments. The objective will be to get to activists the […]


LBT-woman of North Caucasus – how do they survive?

Arts, Politics, Media, Research: activisms converging to build up a lesbian movement

PLENARY Audre Room, ground floor

As we organise and shape our movement, we luckily have a lot of expertise and skills to draw from. Be it for the much-needed data collection on our lives and experiences, the unveiling of our realities, struggles and loves through art, or the carving of space in the political arena, and pushing of our voices […]


The Joyce Wischnia one. Litigation, lawyers and legal advocacy to fight discriminations

Billie Jean Room, 10th floor

The L word (law, of course!) is fundamental to defend the rights of LBQ women and activists. Legal means can be an effective way to fight discrimination, make our voice heard and mobilise our communities. Our lesbian geniuses, lawyers and human rights advocates, will discuss legal advocacy and strategic litigation from different countries, jurisdictions and […]


UN mechanisms: reflecting lesbians’ (in)visibility and claiming space