Inga Sikorskaya works as the Director of School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia from 2012. She is a professional journalist, media expert and trainer. Her areas of expertise include freedom of expression, peace study, hate speech, diversity and language rights, conflict and ethnic journalism.
Inga is the founder of the School of Peacemaking & Media Technology in 2010 after then she found herself in the center of the ethnic violence in the southern Kyrgyzstan and has made a numerous media reports and photos from the conflict zone. She initiated the constant media monitoring for hate speech, that until then was not in Kyrgyzstan and adopted research methodology based on international experience.
School of Peacemaking and Media Technology in Central Asia is a not-for-profit media development and development communications organization focusing on peace research, hate speech monitoring, open debate and training on media issues. The organizations vision statement aims at supporting freedom of expression, encouraging diversity and minority rights, access to information and citizens making informed opinions and decisions as a means of promoting an informed and tolerant society.
The organization promotes human rights, free and fair journalism in areas of crises and conflicts and is concentrated at stability and democratic development in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. The main activities concentrated to implementation of the Program to Reduce the Potential for Renewed Ethnic Conflict in the Kyrgyzstan and Encouraging Diversity Through Media Projects.
Inga has wide international experience in media, conflict transformation, peace research and peacemaking journalism training. This year she led some workshops for countering online hate speech, that have been supported by the OSCE Center in Astana (Kazakhstan).
She comments regularly on peace, conflict and media issues for the Radio Liberty, IWPR, other media and conference, and has been heavily involved to creation of the post-conflict policy in Kyrgyzstan. She wrote more than 50 analytical reports for the British Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR),where she spent seven years as a senior editor for Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, the most closed countries in Central Asia. Previously Inga worked in Kyrgyz TV and radio.
In 2015 she joined on research project for the organisation Peace Direct that finds, funds and promotes local peacebuilding in conflict regions around the world. Inga’s role is of Local Peacebuilding Expert in Kyrgyzstan, she conducts research on peacebuilding, writes information on peacebuilding organisations and its analysis the approaches and cases which can be read the website.
In 2012-2013 she has been to Afghanistan, where she made a series of photo essays on “the back of the war” and create the hand book entitles "How can women journalists make visual reports from Afghanistan". Besides she was one from an author of the handbook "Effective Communication" and "The Human Rights Reporting" for journalists and activists in Central Asia, co-author investigation “Health in Turkmenistan after Niyazov” at the London School of Hygiene&Tropical Medicine.
Inga is a member of the Hate and Extremists Content Expertise Council under the Ministry of Justice and several working groups on peace development. She holds M.A. in Law and B.A. in Mass Communications and Journalism.