Dr Leah Utyasheva

Dr Leah Utyasheva, Policy Director, Centre for Pesticide Suicide Prevention

Policy Director

Leah Utyasheva has a background in law and human rights and has worked as a researcher and policy and law reform specialist.

For the past 20 years, she has worked on law and policy reforms in various regions of the world, including reforms on gender equality, migration, health, and protection from discrimination of people living with HIV, people who use drugs, and other vulnerable communities. She has participated in drafting human rights, gender equality, and anti-discrimination legislation in various countries and has extensive experience in assessing legislative gaps, and working with decision-makers, including the legal community, civil society and parliamentarians.

Her work at CPSP focuses on human rights-based approaches to pesticide management, human rights aspects of HHP use in low- and middle-income countries, reduction of pesticide suicide through regulation, policy initiatives to improve suicide reporting, and decriminalization of suicide attempt.