Warm congratulations to Liliia for an important recognition of her voluntary work in Ukraine with empowerment of girls and young women! Read more about Liliia’s inspiring work in this blog post.
On 31 January 2023, Liliia Antoniuk, the Doctoral Researcher from Ukraine who joined our project in August 2022, received the Honorary Diploma from the Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine for her contribution to the development of the volunteer movement, popularization of the culture of volunteering among young people, implementation of youth volunteer initiatives, professionalism and dedication to work.
Liliia is a researcher and a project manager with 7+ years of experience working on youth and women empowerment, gender equality, non-formal education and European integration. She has been working as an executive director of the NGO ‘Women’s League’ since 2019 and a national coordinator of the ‘Young European Ambassadors’ initiative in Ukraine since 2020.
The NGO ‘Women’s Legaue’ is a Ukrainian non-profit organization registered in 2017. It aims to support women, youth and children, protect and promote their rights and freedoms. The organization has experience in organizing lectures, workshops, webinars, seminars, and training courses on different topics related to gender equality and youth empowerment for groups of 15-100 people.
In 2020, in her capacity as an executive director of the NGO ‘Women’s League’ and a EU4Youth Alumna, Liliia founded the ‘Girls Leadership Academy’ project to help girls 14-16 years old from the regions of Ukraine (including rural areas) learn the multifaceted nature of leadership and develop leadership skills. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine, it was successfully implemented in 2021 and 2022. In 2023, the project is carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine.
In 2022, Liliia launched the ‘Girls Diplomatic Academy’ project to help girls 17-21 years old to get an understanding of what is going on in the international arena and develop relevant competencies and soft skills. It is peculiar as it is developed for girls who do not study international relations within the formal education system. In 2023, the project is delivered in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
Besides, in her capacity as an executive director of the NGO ‘Women’s League’, she was/is in charge of implementing the following projects:
- A ‘Business of the New Millennium: From a Small Idea to a Big Solution’ project (2019)
- A ‘Social Entrepreneurship in Ukraine in Times of COVID-19 Crisis through Gender Lenses’ research project (2020)
- A series of educational and awareness-raising events to overcome stereotypes about women and girls in society: ‘STEM: Destroy Stereotypes, Not Your Life’ discussion (September 2022), ‘Women at War: Fighting for the Right to Live’ discussion (October 2022), ‘A Men’s Club, or Is There a Place for Women in Diplomacy’ lecture (December 2022), and others (2022)
- A ‘Sincere Conversation about Relationships and Self-Love 1.0’ project (2022)
- A platform for young authors interested in gender equality and women’s rights to publish their materials (2022 and 2023)
- A Telegram channel ‘A Space of Your Development’ (2022)
- A ‘Sincere Conversation about Relationships and Self-Love 2.0’ project (2023)
Among the organization’s key partners in 2023 are the EU4Youth Alumni Network, the ‘Young European Ambassadors’ initiative (EU NEIGHBOURS east), the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Association of Youth Councils, the Styi city youth council, the Fastiv city youth council, the NGO ‘Teenergizer’, the NGO ‘Razom’, the ‘EDican’ youth initiative, etc.
More information about the work of the NGO ‘Women’s League’ can be found on its website (available only in Ukrainian).