She was born on March 15, 1996 in Gaisyn, Ukraine into a family of lawyer and teacher. She is a winner of nationwide competitions. She graduated from the Kiev Alexander Boychenko Gymnasium №59 with honors and entered the Faculty of Law of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in 2013. She is an active member of student government and one of the founders of the NGO LDLU. She was elected its Vice-President in May 2015.
Olha is fond of culture of the United Kingdom. She studies the socio-political processes of North Africa and Middle East. She was a volunteer in the Kingdom of Morocco in the summer of 2015. She speaks English and French and professes values of moderate liberalism.
“… A few years ago, I did not see myself in Ukraine; I believed that I was unlucky to be born here. I wanted to study, to work, to have a family somewhere else, just not here. It seemed that “there” life, people, education, wages and everything else is better.
But as time passed I got acquainted with foreigners. I travelled, studied languages and cultures of different countries. And quite unexpectedly for myself I realized that life “there” is not better, that people “there” are completely different, that no one waits for you “there”, that there enough dreamers just like you in “there”. The only place where you really worth something is your Homeland. It has its problems and mentality, but it is yours. You belong to it as well as it needs you.
I realized that I want to live in Ukraine. However, the current political situation in Ukraine makes it clear that it is not the country in which I want to raise my children. Therefore, it is vital to change this situation. Do not just think about how bad the life is, but act, do something. Go beyond the meaningless talking.
Nelson Mandela once said, “All of us should ask ourselves the question: Have I done everything in my power to bring about lasting peace and prosperity in my city and my country?” Really, do I have a moral right to complain about problems in my state if I have not done my best to solve them?
When the idea of foundation of the LDLU occurred to us, I did not hesitated a moment. Yes, I knew that creating something new from a scratch is not an easy thing to do. But I believe that the new generation of Ukrainian youth is able to destroy the stereotypes of the past, to open the way for the new ideas and changes, to think progressively, and not to obey just to anybody. These young people are not indifferent. They dispel all doubts about the “lost generation”.
We understand that only we need our country. All this European, American countries, Russia, they are certainly good, but first we have to think about our problems, that only we can solve them. And only then, as Drahomanov said, “The whole world will pay attention to us.” Then there will be time for us to decide whether we need it at all.
Now more than ever, I believe in myself, in my generation and in people with whom I work.
We will create a free state by making citizens of it free.
We will bring into reality the most important fundamental idea of liberalism that everyone has a right to express themselves.
As Mahatma Gandhi said, “If you want a change in future, be that change now”