Oleksandra Matviichuk, head of the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties human rights organization, was included in the list of 25 most influential women of 2022 published by the Financial Times.
Since the full-scale invasion, the 39-year–old lawyer and human rights advocate has been recording evidence of war crimes committed by the Russians — bombings, rape, torture, and deportations — through the CCL.
The organization has recorded 27,000 war crimes committed by Russian troops since 2022, from shellings of schools and maternity hospitals to torture and executions. The organization received the Nobel Peace Prize this October.
"It was unexpected for me to be included on the FT’s list of the 25 most influential women. I’m grateful for the support in our struggle to bring Putin, Lukashenka, and other war criminals to justice. Because there’s nothing more powerful and influential than the demand of millions of people for justice. It’s a special honor for me to be listed alongside Iranian women fighting for freedom and human dignity," Oleksandra Matviichuk responded to the recognition.
The Center for Civil Liberties is a civic organization created by human rights advocate Oleksandra Matviichuk in 2007. It monitors and analyzes draft laws from the perspective of human rights observance and monitors the activities of law enforcement agencies, courts, and local authorities.
Among other activities of the CCL are public control over the investigation of crimes committed during the Euromaidan revolution and documentation of persecution in Russian-occupied Crimea, as well as human rights violations and war crimes in the occupied part of Donbas.