LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Nadzeya Husakouskaya

Senior Programmes Officer

Nadzeya (they/them) is a Senior Programmes Officer. They are responsible for assessing the needs of the movement and developing ways to strengthen the LGBTI movement accordingly, through capacity enhancing activities and regranting. Thematically, they currently focus on counteracting rising anti-LGBTI forces, addressing LGBTI homelessness and developing and implementing approaches and practices around intersectionality. 


Nadzeya has fifteen years of experience as an educator, researcher, and project coordinator. Their work has centred on trans and intersex lived experiences, LGBTI movement building, gender-based and domestic violence, migration and displacement, globalisation and local interpretations of gender- and LGBTI related concepts and practices.

Nadzeya lived in different geopolitical settings and worked for various human rights and educational organizations, including International Organisations for Migration in Belarus, Belarusian Human Rights House in Vilnius, European Humanities University (in Belarus and, after for political reasons University went into exile, in Lithuania), African Centre for Migration and Society in Johannesburg, and Centre for Women's and Gender Research in Bergen. Before joining ILGA-Europe, Nadzeya was with Amnesty International at Eastern Europe and Central Asia office in London. In 2019-2020, as a regional researcher there Nadzeya led an investigative work on gender-based violence against women in conflict-affected Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine.

Nadzeya holds MA in Cultural and Gender Studies from European Humanities University (2003) and MA in Migration and Intercultural Relations from Oldenburg University (2013). In 2019, they defended their PhD in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at Bergen University. Their thesis focuses on transgender movement in Ukraine and the impact of donors' agendas and ongoing Europeanisation on the local transgender activism.