The head of the Fight For Right OPD Yuliia Sachuk is among the BBC’s “100 Women of 2022” list
The head of the Ukrainian organization of people with disabilities, “Fight For Right” was included in the list of the most influential and inspiring women in the world in 2022. Yuliia is one of the leaders of the Leader Europe program of the Obama Foundation, was a laureate of the 2020 National Human Rights Award, and a candidate from Ukraine to the UN Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities in 2020.
She has been the co-founder and the head of the organization “Fight For Right” since 2017. This organization promotes the rights of people with disabilities in Ukraine. Since the beginning of the full-scale war of russia against Ukraine, “Fight For Right” has assisted more than 5 thousand people with disabilities. The organization created an international initiative to help Ukrainians with disabilities, collect funds and evacuate people, inform the world about russia’s war crimes against people with disabilities, and provide psychological counseling.
“We are inspired by the work of Fight For Right, which in this difficult time helps and evacuates people with disabilities in Ukraine, overcoming all difficulties. Therefore, we would like to celebrate Yuliia’s achievements and draw the attention of the international community to the activities of her and the organization. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the BBC 100 Women. Over the last ten years, there have been huge steps forward for women’s rights around the world,” the BBC reported.
“I thank you for the opportunity to draw the attention of the world community to the challenges and difficulties faced by people with disabilities during Russia’s full-scale war in Ukraine. I want to continue to inspire and encourage women and girls with disabilities to participate actively in state development and decision-making,” said Yuliia Sachuk.
Also on the list was Olena Zelenska, who is actively engaged in removing barriers for people with disabilities, and has recently opened the “Philosophy of Ability” forum for the International Day of People with Disabilities.
The list of BBC 100 women of the year previously included activist Malala Yousafzai, Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin, actress, and activist Greta Thunberg, footballer Megan Rapinoe, designer Vera Wang and many other famous women of the world.
Tanya Herasymova, project coordinator for activist group Fight For Our Right, said the lack of support available for Ukrainians with disabilities has made crossing the border for many “almost impossible”
Our project manager Tanya Herasymova shared her evacuation story in a podcast for BBC UK
This historic event pushed President George W. Bush to sign the law and end the segregation of people with disabilities the USA.