Olesya Arkhipova moved from Makiivka, Donetsk region to Ivano-Frankivsk in 2014 due to the Russian aggression in the Donbas. Over the next few years, she presented as one of the active IDPs, followed community image activism in Ivano-Frankivsk, undergone profound transformations to address the issue of non-discrimination, and sought to reduce xenophobia at the same time. Today, Olesya is a trainer and facilitator on topics such as human rights, gender equality, critical thinking, and civic education. She says that she is accustomed to a new home – integrated – but does not remove the “relocation jacket”. However, she wears it every time to address the stereotypes and prejudices that exist in the community regarding displaced persons.
On the stereotypes, prejudices, cultural and legal inequalities faced by ...