Mar’yana is Adviser to the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB).
She contributes towards planning and strategic development of the project work, drafts applications and reports to donors, plans and coordinates events, assists the IPPFoRB Director with network building and development and provides administrative support to the IPPFoRB partners.
Born in Ukraine, Mar’yana lived for 10 years in Italy. She combined studies of Political Sciences with work as Immigration Officer in a local association that for over fifteen years was the only point of reference for thousands of migrant workers of the region. It was working with most vulnerable groups that inspired her to continue her studies and take a master’s degree in Human Rights at the University of Oslo.
Mar’yana has been working at the IPPFoRB project since 2016. Having started as an intern as a part of the university degree programme, she later became an advisor to the project.
“Working at the human rights organization makes me often reflect how in every situation, even the most difficult and complicated, each one of us has the privilege of making a difference, of introducing an element of unpredictability into the order of things.”
In addition to Ukrainian and Russian, Mar’yana speaks Italian, English and tries to improve her Norwegian.