Lena Bielska is a certified WenDo trainer who works as a human rights educator with a focus on consent, anti-discrimination, and empowerment. As the founder and president of the HerStory foundation, she cooperates with the Women’s Rights Center in Wroclaw, where she conducts individual support processes for women who have faced violence and discrimination. For nearly ten years, she has actively worked in human rights activism, particularly in the field of women’s and LGBTQ+ rights. She gave up her academic career to dedicate herself to grassroots work in the fields of (anti-violence) education, empowerment, and therapeutic work. Lena currently works as a coach and provides therapeutic support for people who have experienced trauma, whether it be in the form of violence, minority stress, discrimination, and/ or exclusion. As a DO School Berlin scholarship holder in 2017 and the originator, producer, and host of Dirty Talks Night, Lena has run events that strengthen the voices and media visibility of women and others who are at risk of discrimination. In her work, she develops methods to work with people from post-traumatic stress communities and to support people in activism. She works with public institutions and non-governmental organizations in Poland and abroad. Currently, Lena is based in Wroclaw, Poland, and is studying psychotherapy and Gestalt training. In her free time, she trains in martial arts and plays musical instruments. Lena is a football enthusiast, a vegetarian, and a friend of animals.
“My work means giving voice to those whose voices are silenced. It means sharing my energy and strength with those who are oppressed. It is supporting young activists and those who feel burnt out.”
Learn more about Lena’s Landecker Democracy Fellowship project here.
Updated June 2021
More from Lena Bielska
RAISIN Placemaking & Community Conversation
As part of her RAISIN exhibition, Asha Iman Veal is organizing Placemaking & Community Live Conversations. The event on October 8th features several Landecker Democracy Fellows.
Landecker Fellow Lena Bielska Organizes Work Competence Training
Landecker Fellow Lena Bielska invites Poland-based individuals for the Work Competence Training.
Landecker Fellow Lena Bielska's WenDo workshops are a success
Landecker Fellow Lena Bielska's WenDo workshops are truly unique.
Online Support Group for Women and Trans Activists // Samopomocowa Grupa Wsparcia
Landecker Democracy Fellow Lena Bielska is founding the first online self-help support group for women and trans activists in Warsaw. This group will work in cooperation with the Preludium Foundation from Poznań.
Activist Support Center Wroclaw
Landecker Democracy Fellow Lena Bielska is a certified WenDo trainer who works as a human rights educator with a focus on consent, anti-discrimination, and empowerment. Over the next year, Lena will develop the Activist Support Center through three activities that she has already been working on in the past two years.
Landecker Fellow Lena Bielska spoke live on Halo.Radio about sexual education and combatting violence. Lena is an anti-bullying and anti-discrimination coach at Fundacja HerStory (HerStory Foundation).
Webinar against activist burnout
Landecker Fellow Lena Bielska was in webinar that aimed to counter activist burnout. Lena discussed mental and physical health, and the influence of politics on the well-beings of activists.