WHO IS IEVGENIIA DIADKO?
Ievegeniia is a professional scientist working as freelancer. For over 14 years Ievgeniiia developed her expertise working in different fields as a lecturer at university, as a trainer and consultant. She also could gain experiences in NGO’s and social projects.
“I’m keen on travelling and gaining international experience in science, education, business and social activity”.
HOW DID THE PASSION FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE START?
Ievgeniia’s biggest passion is to emprove people lives through her work. With a high sense of altruism she could work tirelessly if needed: “I could work non-stop if I see the positive influence of my actions to other people’s lives” she says.
The role of passion in Ievegeniia’s life is very high!
She works on two scientific projects, as Researcher and a Project Coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Research Foundation and for the Precedent Academics. As Ievgeniia basically works remotely she takes all the advantages of freelance professional life setting her own schedule and working from cafes.
In her work Ievgeniia has different tasks: she is responsible in organizing events (e.g. focus groups, conferences, interviews, speeches and meetings), she also spends aproximately half of the working time attending meet-ups or events held by other organizations in order to get in touch with potential partners in scientific or cultural fields.
“I could work non-stop if I see the positive influence of my actions to other people’s lives”
HOW MUCH IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A PERSON TO COUNT ON?
Being next to supportive people is very important in everybody’s lives, especially concerning the professional side. Team work represents to Ievgeniia the best solution to both get recognition of her work and to share knowledge and opinions among the other colleagues.
To count on somebody we trust, wether is a friend, the partner or a good teacher, may represent a very important point in one’s path. Everybody have good and bad moments in life and also in career may happen to feel insecure about one particular decision or to need just having a talk with that person. But it also worths to mention how thin is the border between that kind of need and the feeling of totallly depending on someone’s approval.
It’s indeed a matter of self-confidence that Ievgeniia, says, gained mostly after her 33: “earlier I felt the necessity of “a shoulder”, a mentor, a teacher who would approve my ideas”.
WHICH DIFFICULTIES IEVGENIIA FACED IN HER WORK?
Ievgeniia lived in Poland as an independent Researcher and scientific Project Coordinator.
“Most of problems I face are connected to my nationality (developing country) not about gender”.
In Ievegeniia’s opinion in Poland there is a big difference between elder generations (50+) and the youngest one about gender issues, something that might be related to post-soviet background which affected culture and social life.
WHAT DID IEVGENIIA DREAM WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD?
"I was dreaming to become an entomologist or zoologist (because I’ve spent a lot of time with my mom in scientific expeditions in woods) and later I was passionate about handmade and sewing so I dreamed to be a designer of clothes".
ARE WOMEN TODAY TRULY FREE TO CHOOSE THEIR DESTINY?
Despite Ukrainian women study and work as much as men when it comes to promote someone at the top of organizational hierarchy are men those who achieve the power.
According to Ievgeniia’s consideration men and women used to apparently be treated equally during the communism, especially in the work field they all were supposed to give their contribute to the community, but how deep this equal mindset was in other aspects of life it’s hard to say.
Ievgeniia hightlights that both women and men are experiencing the same problem in Ukraine, somehow connected to the attitude and the capacity to take responsability:
“the modern educational system don’t teach to people how to make decisions, how to find out what is the best working path for each person according to the skills and talents; there is also no any mentorship system after getting a job”.
IN YOUR COUNTRY, POLAND, DOES THE RELIGION OR THE CULTURE AFFECT SOMEHOW WOMEN'S INDEPENDENCY?
Despite in 2012 the “GLOBAL INDEX OF RELIGION AND ATHEISM” (WIN-Gallup International 2012) rated Ukraine at the 27° place out of 57 countries for the most religious countries in the world (at the question “Irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not, would you say you are a religious person, not a religious persons or a convinced atheist?” the 71% of Ukrainians (men and women) describe themselves as “religious person”) it is interesting how polls may seem a little far away from personal perspective.
In Ievgeniia’s opinion Ukraine is not that much a religious country. She states that:
“Christian religion is not influencing a lot” women’s lives, only if the woman is very religious and prefers to pay all her attention to the family and church. According to Ievgeniia “in Ukraine religious institutions are very loyal to people”.
The way the culture affects people in Ukraine is much more clear according to Ievgeniia:
“there are three main ways for women to be independent in Ukraine: as a daughter of rich/powerful man; as a wife of rich/powerful man; as a lover of rich/powerful man”.
It might be an old way of thinking but still is very sad how all of that might represent a dangerous attitude for women and men. It seems that women should not strive for their personal success as long as they would find someone to economically support them. Within a patriarchal framework women are still depicted as a sexual object used as
“currency of exchange” to men, whether is the father, the husband or the lover, not only in Ukraine of course.
Ievgeniia continues saying that women who want to be independent have to be very strong and make lots of effort to get results using nothing more than their talent, if compared to women recommended by men, for example to start business or at high corporate position.
“I know a lot of successful women who prefers to show up their useless husbands at first positions in company to follow the tradition that woman plays a second role in society”.
DREAMS AND FUTURE PLANS?
“I believe that having a dream is crucial for having a sense of life”.
Ievgeniia is another brilliant example of how women may successful reach their dreams if strongly committed to their personal fulfillment: “travelling around Japan anch China, achieving the PhD and living in Crakow” are just few but concrete facts prooving she got what she desired the most in life until today.
It’s also amazing, as she points out, looking back and being conscious of the own improvements and success exactly because before being something realized they were first of all just dreams.
IEVGENIIA DIADKO IN BRIEF?
Inspiring, communicative, creative.