STAFF & VOLUNTEERS

Staff Members


Strategy & Policy Coordinator:  Anna Zobnina 

anna@migrantwomennetwork.org

Born in St.Petersburg, Russia, Anna has over 10 years of experience in the area of feminist analysis of violence & discrimination against women, with focus on migrant women. She is a former Research Analyst with Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, a selected expert with European Institute for Gender Equality and currently is a member of the Executive committee of European Women’s Lobby.


Brussels Officer: Sinem Yilmaz sinem@migrantwomennetwork.org

Born in Turkey, Sinem is completing her PHD at Ghent University, Belgium. Her main area of expertise is economic integration of migrant women.  In the ENoMW Sinem works on the economic rights of migrant women, supports ENOMW coordinator in Brussels representation and leads the work on several EU funded projects.  She also volunteers in a number of initiatives on refugees and migrant women’s rights in Belgium.


Young Women Co-Convenor: Sodfa Daaji 

sodfa@migrantwomennetwork.org

Sodfa is a 25 y.o. Tunisian-Italian abolitionist feminist activist, working across Europe and Africa. In the Network she is leading the activities on capacity building and self-organising of young women and girls, including the Network’s recently established initiative #RadicalGirlsss. Besides her role in ENOMW, Sodfa is the Co-Chair of Afrika Youth Movement (AYM), the largest Pan-African Youth-led grassroots movement, and a founder of an Italian NGO “Without Filter”. She studies political science and theology.


Young Women Co-Convenor: Adriana S. Thiago 

adriana@migrantwomennetwork.org

Adriana is a 26 y.o. Portuguese-Brazilian, based in Brussels. She has experience in migrant/refugee centres, human rights, translation and intercultural relations. She studied International Relations and has worked in the field of migration/refugees, as an activist and via organisations such as Plateforme Citoyenne de Soutien aux Réfugiés and Fedasil. Passionate about women’s, migrants and indigenous rights, literature, music and art as a form of resistance, she is a Co-Convenor in the #RadicalGirlss.  


Volunteers

Volunteer: Juliana Jiménes Ledesma

Juliana is a 25 y.o. feminist from Spain and now based in Brussels. She is a lawyer and has experience with migrant people and asylum seekers, as well as women victims of different forms of VAW. She studied law and international protection of Human Rights in Spain and acquired significant research experience in Transitional Justice and conflict-related sexual violence cases within the International Criminal Court. In ENoMW, she is doing a research on laws, definitions and case law on forced marriage and how they interact with other laws on VAW, migration and asylum in several European countries.


Volunteer: Alexandra Kusnierkiewicz

Aleksandra comes from Poland and is now based in Brussels. She holds a BA in International Relations and studied in London and Sydney. Her research interests included migration and feminist approaches to post-conflict reconstruction. She has been involved in various feminist organisations and with grassroots organising. 


Volunteer: Asha Allen 

Of Caribbean decent, UK native living in Belgium, Asha is completing her second Masters degree in European Studies: Global interactions at KU Leuven. She studied in the US and UK, specialising in civil liberties, human rights, international law and policy analysis on the EU VAWG. Asha is passionate about tackling the challenges facing migrant & refugee women, particularly those facing sexual exploitation. In ENOWM Asha is researching the escalating situation in West Africa/Italy, where women are being trafficked into sexual slavery to satisfy European demand and to fund the ongoing civil unrest in Nigeria


Past Team Members

Maha Elkheir – Volunteer 

Sudanese by origin and born in Belgium, Maha is completing her Master in International Relations: Conflict Resolution at UCL for which she is writing a thesis about the socio-economical integration of migrant women. Maha is very passionate about art, music and travel. During her Erasmus she took an active part in various Social Erasmus Association, such as ‘Refugee Welcoming Day’. In ENOMW she is assisting our Brussels Officer, Sinem Yilmaz and working on the area of right and discrimination of Women of African Descent.


Nicoleta Ursescu – Volunteer

Born in Romania, Nicoleta is completing her Master in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies at University of London. Her thesis research will focus on the socio-economic integration of refugees in urban areas of Senegal, country in which she worked and volunteered for the past two years. Nicoleta is passionate about human rights of migrant and refugee women, women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship development and, solution on combating violence against women. In ENOWN, Nicoleta was researching on the effects of violence and discrimination on the mental health of migrant and refugee women.


Volunteer : Augusta Nannierini

Born in Rome, Augusta holds a MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from Oxford University and a BA in Philosophy from La Sapienza University. She has substantial experience in policy-related research on forced displacement, statelessness, migration and international development. She held positions at UNHCR, academia, CSOs and the private sector and has volunteered with NGOs supporting migrants and refugees in Rome and London. Half-marathon runner and lovers of travelling, she is an individual member of ENOWM, strongly committed to the cause of migrant and refugee women.


Media Officer: Pamela Palma Zapata

Pamela is a native of Chile and moved to Poland in 2011. Trained in photography and video production, Pamela worked in the media sector, engaged in news-reporting, documentary-making and photography, and human rights projects both in Latin America and Poland. She is a committed feminist, passionate about the rights of migrant women and was with ENOMW from 2014 till 2019, working on the network’s visibility and  media profile.


Volunteer: Ioanna Tsetika

Ioanna has professional and volunteering experience on issues of intercultural relations, migration and human rights as well as adult and non-formal education. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Philology from the National University of Athens and a holder of a Master’s degree in Social Discriminations, Migration & Citizenship. She is a passionate advocate of women’s rights and she has been involved in various feminist and women’s grassroots groups. She has been the founder of Multikulti.gr, a web initiative for promoting multiculturalism in the city of Athens. She is now based in Brussels where she interned with our team as Administrative Assistant.


Volunteer: Maria Bondarenko

Born in Ukraine, Maria is completing her Master in European Public Administration in Germany. Working experience in the immigration office of a German town has drawn her attention to the legal and bureaucratic struggles migrant and refugee women have to face when trying to find a new home. That’s why she is passionate about promoting equal treatment, equal rights and better integration for those women. Maria was assisting ENoMWs Brussels Officer, Sinem Yilmaz, who supports her in writing her thesis on the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in selected EU-countries.