Mónica Martins is a Portuguese entrepreneur who lived and worked between Spain and Portugal mainly, with her own scientific and cultural projects but mainly with scientific conferences promoted by her company.
The conferences Monica has been organising are held each year in different cities of Europe. She has organized conferences in Portalegre, Badajoz, Barcelona, Cáceres, Lisbon, Porto, Salamanca, Paris and Rome.
In 2012 and 2013, Mónica was a co-director of the transboundary festival Europa Sur (only with Portuguese and Spanish bands), held in Cáceres (Spain). This festival had as activities, besides the concerts, movies screening, exhibitions, parties and also an emerging fashion designers fair. She also worked as a promoter of concerts from Spanish bands in Portalegre and bands from Portugal in Spain and has been a co-director of the Pop-Eye Prizes, helds in Cáceres in November each year.
Mónica has also been the organizer of Pechakucha Portalegre and Pechakucha Badajoz team and made part of the TedX Badajoz team in 2013 which was focused on the theme of co-creation and a partner of the co-working space: ETC-Espacio Transfronterizo de Trabajo Colaborativo (currently CasCo Coworking).
In March 2014, she moved to Edinburgh to participate in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, working as assistant director of DECAGRAM Ltd.
Currently, all international projects organized by Mónica are developed by her company Theorem.
Monica loves animals, going for walks in the Pentlands, living in Scotland, meeting new people, her friends from all over the world, music and spending time in alone in silence.
Who is Eve?
Dr Eve Hepburn is a social entrepreneur, policy expert and editor. She is Founding Director of Fearless Femme – an online magazine that empowers young women to overcome life’s challenges.
She is also Managing Director of PolicyScribe, a policy research consultancy specialising in Europe, immigration and devolution. She is the author of seven books and over 40 articles in social science journals, has held academic positions at the European University Institute (Florence), McGill University (Montreal), and was a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Edinburgh. Eve has been invited to speak at over 100 international conferences and events, gives regular political commentary to the international media, and has provided expert testimony to the House of Commons and Scottish Parliament.
During her early career, Eve worked in publishing in London and she has been editor of several books and journals. In her spare time Eve bakes muffins with her kids, runs half-marathons and writes fantasy-adventure novels for teens.
Photographer, Filmaker &
Who is Kat?
Kat Dlugosz was born in Poland but has lived in the UK for 12 years, making Scotland her home.
She is just graduating from Edinburgh Napier University with a degree in Photography. She is involved in DECAGRAM collective as a head of video production. Her interest in photography and filmmaking comes hand in hand with an interest and engagement in issues of social, racial and gender equality, which we still should actively fight for.
María García (Spain) is Known for her natural creative flair, hard working and willingness to help others.
She is graduate in Graphic Design. Her passion for this job borns by the desire of transmitting ideas, concepts and emotions to people.
Nowadays, she lives in Edinburgh, city where she is developing herself as a professional, taking part in diverse cultural projects.
Her last achievement was winning the Events Scotland Logo Contest. Now, her logo is the graphic identity for 2016, Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design marketing campaign in Scotland.
Ânia Ferreira is a graduate in Languages, Literatures and Cultures from the University of Lisbon.
In 2015, she moved to Edinburgh to explore new opportunities and to expand her horizons of perception. She then decided to challenge herself once more and went back to University to study Web Design and Development. Her interest in gender related inequalities came from not only her own experiences as a woman, but from observation, a place of empathy and the need and willingness to help others to feel the power of their own voices and abilities that are so often negated to women in the world.
Who is Camile?
Camille Vincent is a professional working in the third sector, promoting the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBT+ community in Scotland.
She is a postgraduate in Arts and Cultural Management which led her to work and volunteer for festivals, music venues and theatres, auditing fundraising, digital and outreach strategies.
She strongly believes in personal and community empowerment which is why she decided to grab the opportunity to work with the LGBT+ community. She is committed to provide safe environments for people to explore freely who they are and thrive. She is also committed to provide opportunities to hear the experiences of people (e.g. minority groups) that can be lost from mainstream narratives in medias.
She actively challenges stigma and stereotypes around gender and sexuality in the workplace and public services. She also supports work around equality, including to ensure that projects are LGBT+ inclusive and to create Easy Read support materials that are accessible to people with learning disabilities and difficulties.
External Relations Ambassador and Communications Intern
Who is Maria?
Maria João Medeiros is and External Relations Ambassador and Communications Intern at Womenbeing. She started interning with Womenbeing in September 2017 focusing on creating blog content, interviewing interesting women for our page, supporting new members of the team and creating new ways for the company’s strategy plan.
She is a post graduate in Human Rights and Languages and International Relations (German and English). At the moment she finishing her masters in International Relations – Peace, Security and Development Studies at the Faculty of Economics in Coimbra, Portugal. During the first year she was an online and offline campaign with her colleagues focusing on deconstruction stereotypes related to race, gender and inequality in general. In this project she was the Public Relations Manager.
She choose Womenbeing as the organization to do her internship due to her passion to connect human and gender rights with education and local work. Her thesis includes gender and politics in Scotland towards gender equality changes.
During her bachelor’s degree she had the opportunity to do Erasmus in Heidelberg, Germany for a year and after she worked as a sales representative for two years amplifying her knowledge of sales, costumer service and international and cultural connection due to a lot of international travel including 5 months in the United States.
Belén González Leggire
Blog Editor and Journalist
Who is Belén?
Belén is an Uruguayan journalist with a master’s degree in gender studies and public policies. She was born in Montevideo, lived in Seville, Barcelona, and has just been moved to Edinburgh.
The topics she investigated through the past four years were about sexual violence against women during the Uruguayan military coup and the design and implementation of social care systems in different welfare states context. Both investigations were written and analyzed with a feminist methodology. The first research took a year, and the final results gave her the conviction that she wanted to dedicate her work to do something in between journalism and gender issues. That conviction took her to Barcelona, with a 2-year master degree challenge, trying to understand more about the feminist agenda.
Even though she choose to start a new life in Scotland, she is always in touch with her family and friends back home, on the riverside of Río de la Plata. She is obsessed with anything that has chocolate on top.
Project Ambassador in India
Who is Iti?
Iti Tyagi is a Certified Organizational Behaviour Strategist and award winning Leadership Mentor. She is currently designated as Software Designer for ICT Healthcare (Netherlands). Apart from her job, she persues freelance research on various agendas such as Women Disability, Gender Bias, Pay Gaps etc. She is also actively involved in Social Media Strategy and Art awareness, and actively guides on various social platforms.
Project Ambassador in India and Blog Contributor
Who is Pragya?
I am Pragya Singh, from India. I did my graduation from University of Delhi, currently I am about to finish my Maters in Comparative Literature from Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad, India.
Be fearless, be confident, nobody can put you down is something I believe in. I carry my femininity and sexuality on my sleeves. Proud to be a woman. I have determined to work towards gender equality and bring whatever possible change I can in the society. For a woman it is very important to assert her identity and have agency. Do not let anyone else speak for you, speak for yourself. Assertion of selfhood is Feminism for me. Be proud of who you are. Shun patriarchy!, shun inequality! And this must begin at the personal level inside family, inside bedrooms, inside closed walls.
For me freedom is as essential as food or water. I love living fearlessly. I love to sing and dance. Dance is a very beautiful way of expression, I am crazy and fearless when on the floor. Red is my favourite color, it is a perfect blend of confidence, beauty, power and sexuality and I love it. I love to be raw and real, useless sophistication has no place in my life.
Communications Professional & Researcher
Who is Sangita?
Dr Sangita Shrestha is a communications professional and a researcher.
She has experience of working with a range of international development organizations including INASP, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Lutheran World Federation. In addition to over 12 years of international experience in communications and media relations, she is also an active researcher and has authored/co-authored many publications. Sangita also has experience of working with the University of Surrey and Centre for Nepal Studies UK (CNSUK) as a Researcher and at the University of Bath as a Visiting Lecturer for EdD Unit, Philosophy
of Educational Research.
Sangita holds a PhD in Sociology (Development Communication) from University of Surrey (UK), a Master’s degree in Anthropology (Nepal) and a Diploma in Information Technology (Australia).
Post-doc - Marie Curie Fellow, IPEM - Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music, Belgium
Who is Federica?
Federica Bressan (1981) is a post-doctoral researcher at Ghent University, where she leads a research project on interactive installation art under the Marie Curie funding programme H2020-MSCA-IF-2015 (http://daphnet.federicabressan.com/). She holds an MD in Musicology and a PhD in Computer Science. She previously held a post-doctoral research position at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, Italy, where she coordinated the laboratory for sound preservation and restoration (http://smc.dei.unipd.it/).
The core of her research lies in the study of the relationship between historical audio recordings and their digital (digitised) representation – a relationship which is not only very complex, it also develops over time (context, digital philology, hermeneutic implications of encoding cultural objects). She is also co-founder of the University startup Audio Innova, for which she has designed and developed software modules to automatize preservation routines and controls for data integrity verification.
She has published her work in international peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She has participated in several international research projects, involving some of the finest sound archives in Europe. She is active in science popularization with articles and presentations, and she is a member of the Steering Committee of the Ghent Center for Digital Humanities (GhentCDH: http://www.ghentcdh.ugent.be/). She is General Chair of the International Workshop on Digital Philology for the Preservation of Multimedia Archives (2015, 2016: http://digitalphilology.org/).
Project Ambassador in Africa
Who is Fikile?
Ntombizifikile (Fikile) Mkoyana is an African woman. She identifies herself as a proud and privileged individual who was well nourished with love and care by her late parents; especially her mother, umama uMaradebe. Being born; brought up and most importantly, educated to a level of a Professional Nurse (Registered Nurse) in the rural areas of former Transkei (in South Africa) is a bonus. It is that education that made her marketable to the globe.
She is a mother to many, had cooked and fed homeless people, sponsored children in Ethiopia, organised Christmas parties for orphans and organised tertiary education scholarships for underprivileged children in her rural areas (today six are financial independent undergraduates). Additionally, five girls benefitted for Maths & Science High School Scholarships. She is also a local STEM ambassador as well as a community builder.
In the UK she served as the Royal College of Nursing Representative (RCN) for four years before leaving bedside nursing. She was a Shadow Cllr for Operation Black Vote. She is a founder of the African Nurses Support Services which she served for 14 years helping many nurses from all backgrounds. During that period, she engaged many structures like NHS, the Royal College of Nursing, NMC and many more. She is a researcher who had authored papers for three different international conferences (two for South Africa and one for the UK). She had conducted one workshop in an African University, the theme of her teaching was, “Non-communicable diseases and the state purse”
Fikile had an opportunity to serve the UK Foreign Office Chevening Scholarship Programme; she was privileged to be afforded a position as a Regional Assessor for Southern Africa (was allocated 6 countries). She studied law and international relations, and then advanced her studies in human rights and international conflict.
Ntombizifikile understands that, women and children become more vulnerable during any wars. She aims to have the African women engaged, with their voice making a positive contribution. To her womanhood is about peace, being a caretaker that strives to bring up descent citizens from all nations. In 1995, City Press Newspaper in South African awarded her a Cert as a Community Builder of the year. In 2002, was awarded a Humanitarian Award in London.
Fikile is now focusing to help as a Chief Advisory Consultant for the Global Support Services Consultancy.
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