Daina coordinates ILGA-Europe’s advocacy work in Eastern Europe, in particular in EU Enlargement and Eastern Partnership countries. She works on developing and implementing advocacy strategies and policy positions with relevant European organisations, and delivering capacity-building activities for local, national and regional LGBTI organisations to enable them to contribute effectively to policy-making at national and European levels.
Daina is a third culture child, originally from Latvia but grown up moving between Riga, Moscow, Prague and elsewhere. Daina became passionate about LGBT rights after working with the Association of LGBT and their Friends “Mozaika” when the movement was at its infancy in Latvia. She continued being involved with the organisation for years to come even from a distance, supporting a variety of projects, including regional outreach, hate crime documentation and EuroPride 2015.
Daina has a BA in History and English from Simon Fraser University in Canada, and an LLM in Public International Law and Human Rights from the Riga Graduate School of Law in Latvia; LGBT rights were at the heart of both of her degrees. She joined ILGA-Europe in August 2016 after leaving London, where she worked for a number of human rights and international development organisations such as CARE International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Aside from being a human rights enthusiast, Daina is also a current events junkie, dog lover, cheese addict, and a big fan of musicals.