Olga Havlová


Olga Havlová, wife of the playwright, author, political prisoner and later president Václav Havel, who became the first head of state after the fall of the communist regime. Before 1989, she organized opposition meetings and other activities. Havel’s correspondence to her during his incarceration makes one of his most consequential books, Letters to Olga. After her husband’s presidential inauguration, she has been regarded as a role model of a first lady. She devoted herself to charity, establishing The Committee of Good Will in 1990, which was one of the first projects of its kind in Czechia. Two years later, The Olga Havlová Foundation was added, its main goal being to help people with disabilities, abandoned and discriminated against integrate into society. The projects have achieved international fame and supporting sister organizations have been established abroad.