Marina Pisklakova-Parker started the first helpline for battered women in Russia in the beginning of 90-s and worked alone during the first year. Now it is known as the Center for the Prevention of Violence “ANNA”.
Since 1995 Ms. Pisklakova-Parker became a trainer on violence against women as a violation of women’s human rights for other women’s organizations that decided to start a Crisis center for women and contributed significantly to the development of the network of Crisis Centers for women in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Over the last fifteen years Ms. Pisklakova-Parker conducted a number of trainings for NGOs, general public and different professional groups in Russia and former Soviet Union countries.
Marina Pisklakova-Parker and Center for the prevention of violence ANNA actively work on developing an effective system of response to domestic violence by raising awareness among the public and professional groups about the issue of violence against women in Russia and other countries. Today the ANNA National Network against violence unifies about 150 organizations working on combating violence against women in Russia and over 20 organizations from the former Soviet Union.
As a researcher Marina Pisklakova-Parker took part in the first Russian-American study of Russian Marriages where domestic violence was part of the survey in 1997. As a part of Russian-American team she is a co-author of the book “Marriages in Russia” published in the USA and Russia. She holds PH.D. in Sociology Ms. Pisklakova-Parker is an author and co-author of a number of articles and books regarding violence against women including “Marriages in Russia” published in the US and Russia (1999), “Between scream and silence” (2000), “State of Fatherhood in Russia” (2016) and many others.
Ms. Pisklakova-Parker was honored among the eight most significant human rights activists by the International organization Human Rights Watch in 1997 for her work in the area of domestic violence against women. In 1998 Human Rights Watch (California) honored Marina Pisklakova-Parker again together with five other human rights defenders from different countries as the most significant activists of the decade.
Ms. Pisklakova-Parker is featured in the book by Kerry Kennedy Cuomo “Speak Truth to Power” representing Russia. She was honored at the Kennedy Center together with 50 human rights defenders as a part of the book release events in September 2000.
In May 2004 Marina Pisklakova-Parker was honored by Vital Voices Global Partnership for her work on trafficking in human beings.
The story of Marina’s life and work as one of seven women-leaders working to advance women’s and human rights is featured in the documentary play SEVEN
In 2011 Marina Pisklakova-Parker was named by Newsweek Magazine as one of 150 Women who shake the world.
In 2013 Glamour magazine (Russia) named Marina Pisklakova-Parker a woman of the year in the nomination Best social project.
In 2020 Ms. Pisklakova-Parker is listed by The Moscow Times among women to watch in 2021
Marina Pisklakova-Parker was the head of the Working group under the Gender Equality Commission under the Ministry of Labor and Social Development on drafting anti-domestic violence law. For that her organization Center ANNA was listed under a Foreign Agent law in 2016.
Ms. Pisklakova–Parker is one of the founding members of the Global Council of the “Vital Voices Global Partnership”, former WAVE (Women Against Violence Europe) Board member (2013-2017), a member of the Advisory Board for WAVE.
Since 2014 Marina Pisklakova-Parker is involved in a Global initiative on a call for Global Treaty on violence against women and girls, she is a Founding member of Every Woman Treaty.