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Human Rights

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS

My work towards increasing awareness about trafficking has included, for example, developing messaging strategies with stakeholders in aviation security and education.

I also lead development of an interactive digital showcase spotlighting people with lived experience and others working against modern slavery and human trafficking.

In 2022, I organized an art exhibition, interactive installation, and event in the context of World Day: The SDGs and Human Trafficking: Lived Experience Leads.

Prior to that, I initiated and coordinated a World Day against Trafficking in Persons event which featured a live broadcast plus a corresponding exhibition highlighting the artistic expression of individuals with lived experience.

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TOLERANCE AND NON-DISCRIMINATION

In 2018, I cofounded SDG 5 Thrive with four young women from the MENA region. We promote creative storytelling and dialogue with the goal of tackling racism, xenophobia and religious intolerance.

I also support the development of various initiatives in Africa aimed at fostering mutual respect and understanding. One example is the human-trafficking oriented African Survivor Coalition, and another is the climate-change related Footprint to Climate.

For many years, I have worked with the Austrian Parliament in its flagship Democracy Workshop program for strengthening democracy education in the Western Balkans.

An eLearning project I helped develop in relation to non-discrimination was launched at the Irish Parliament in November 2023.

GENDER TOPICS

It has been my pleasure to support the development of gender-mainstreamed capacity-building projects for corporations and governmental entities.

I have also initiated and organized related conferences, such as Achieving Gender Equality and Female Empowerment: A Collaborative Vision of SDG 5 at the United Nations in Vienna.

In that regard, I created the SDG 5 Hub and its Changemaker Challenge, which was featured in a Learning Session of the United Nation High-Level Political Forum.

I have spoken on panels and led ‘Chatham House’ style workshops on AI implications for online hate speech and related violence against women; discussions have covered everything from deep fakes to preventive algorithms.

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INCLUSIVE ENGAGEMENT

As a career educator with decades of global experience, I have had the honor of accompanying generations of young people on their path to self-discovery.

In my view, empowerment is inherent – not provided. So, the best mentoring involves creating opportunities for young people to explore their own potential in safe, inclusive, innovative and cooperative environments.

That approach is reflected in all of the activities I initiate and organize, such as the World Youth Skills Day event at the United Nations in Vienna in 2023 (shown in photo). This event featured a corresponding Bridging Climate Divides workshop for inclusive development of transformative narratives.

I also work to engage communities in scaling psychological solutions, destigmatizing personal narratives, advocating for social change, and other areas of fostering social cohesion.