Activism: UK & Abroad

Although I come from a simple and humble family my mother was  always a very giving person. She always volunteered and supported many when possible. Growing up with this mentality has fundamentally shaped who I am as an adult. At university, I formed part of Jin-Wen Yu’s Outreach project and also volunteered in the Madison area, where I offered dance classes, school tutoring, or mentoring to minority students. Upon moving to Barcelona, Spain, I joined the Roma Women’s Organization, The Drom Kotar Mestipen,  where I volunteered between 8-10 hours a week. During this period, I offered weekly English classes as well as mentoring and other educational training courses to women and children. Volunteering with The Drom Kotar Mestipen changed my life and has led me to present research findings at various international platforms including the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and others. After Spain, I moved to Bonn, Germany where I volunteered with the AZADE Girls Youth Center. There, I offered language, dance and health classes. In the Spring of 2013, I arranged dance courses for the Mavi Kalem NGO based in Istanbul, Turkey. Here in the UK I volunteer with the Roma Project, where I teach English to Roma women and families while also mentoring and advising them using best practice methods. Now I am a board member for both the Drom Kotar Mestipen Roma Women’s Association and the Roma Coventry Project.