Below you can find detailed information on my social projects: Vahombey Project and Her Time Romania. You will find short descriptions, timelines, my role, most relevant achievements and future plans. Further information can be provided upon request.

Her Time România (2020 – present)

My role – Founder & Project Manager

Number of volunteers – 46

Launch date: April 18, 2020

Who we are & what we do:

Her Time Romania is an intersectional feminist community supporting female leadership in Romania through networking. We connect ambitious young women, with a vision and passionate about making their voices heard. We especially encourage conversations and education on social and
gender issues, in order to foster a safe and inclusive community. This platform was launched in April 2020.

Our launching event, “Her Webinars Summer 2020 Edition” consisted of 9 webinars with 16 special guests, including Romanian MP and Vital Voices Fellow Oana Bîzgan, on topics ranging from self-care to study abroad opportunities to entrepreneurship skills and female representation in politics. The event had over 170 sign-ups and 13 volunteers helped put it together in 1 month.

Our activity is supported by activists and organizations in Romania’s feminist network: NGOs like Asociația Necuvinte, Centrul Filia, ielesanziene, ALEG, etc., popular publications such as DOR (Doar o Revistă), cultural projects such as F-Sides CineClub and activists such as Oana Bîzgan. 5 months following our launch, Her Time Romania’s team consists of 25 volunteers working in 4 departments. Part of our current activity is collaborating with professionals in various domains to provide opportunities for the members of our community. We have created surveys on female representation in cinema with F-Sides, personal development courses with trainer & coach Romina Alexandra Pescaru and an education campaign on inaccesability to abortion with Centrul Filia.

Our future projects include continuing our educational campaigns on social media, providing more networking and professional opportunities through collaborations, “Her Webinars Winter 2020 Edition”, joining UN’s network of organizations aiming to reach the 2030 SDG’s, and much more. Our ultimate goal is to reach an international community of young women creating together to bring change to the world and justice in the face of gender inequalities! Our next planned branch is Her Time USA.

All relevant links on this project can be found HERE.

A concept paper with further information can be found HERE.

In November 2020, I was named a Newman and Cox Fellow to create a social entrepreneurship competition for young women aged 18 – 24 alongside Her Time Romania’s team in January – February 2021.  The Newman and Cox Public Action Student Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the Jerome A. and Estelle R. Newman Assistance Fund and the Spencer Cox ’90 Field Work Term Fellowship for Student Activists. You can read about the results of the competition here.

Future Youth Fellowship (2020 – 2021)

My role: Future Youth Fellow

Duration: October 2020 – April 2021

What it is:

Future Youth Summit begins with an online event on October 31st and engages over 100 young leaders from Romania, Ukraine, Turkey, Republic of Moldova, Georgia, Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary and Belarus. FYS will empower youth-led solutions in a 6 month Fellowship from October 2020 to April 2021 for our current and future challenges in redesigning the way we learn, work, provide social services or inform ourselves. Fellows can also benefit from a financial support of 5000 euro.

Organized by Social Innovation Solutions with support from The Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation, Kaufland Romaniaamd BCR, the Summit is also an opportunity for participants to commonly imagine how the New World could look like: from the impact of the current crises in Employment & Entrepreneurship, Politics & Trust to how Technology transforms Industries, Services and Identities. 

FYS addresses people between 18 and 30 years old from Romania, Ukraine, Turkey, Republic of Moldova, Georgia, Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary or Belarus. We are expecting existing or new solutions to current and future challenges addressing the following topics: future of work, access to basic services, education, healthcare, environment, human rights or fake news & disinformation. Solutions can be incorporated in the form of NGOs, social enterprises or businesses or can be new ideas and should not be older than 1 year. 

Social Innovation Solutions is an organization offering consultancy and support for NGOs and corporations on social impact, future trends and innovation and manages a variety of educational programs and business competitions like Social Impact Award and Future Makers or conversation platforms like Future Summit, Future Youth Summit or Future Talks.

UNICEF Youth Mediathon (2020)

My role: Content Creator

Duration: October 2020 – November 2020

What it is:

The UNICEF Youth Mediathon is an online skill building event that gives you the opportunity to improve your skills as a content creator and develop content about the issues affecting young people today.

Watch our masterclasses, hosted by top professionals in leading creative firms, like Vidcon, Wikimedia Foundation, Vayner Media and more. And apply those learnings to create and submit your own content! Check our ‘Learn’ and ‘Create’ sections below.

110 lucky applicants also won the chance to participate in our group sessions (Oct 24) and meet and learn storytelling skills from top content creators, receive mentorship from experienced professionals in creative fields, and connect with other creatives.

The Voices of Youth team selected a group of 110 young creators from the nearly 4,000 that applied to our first Youth Mediathon! Check some of their projects below (more coming soon!).

You can watch the result here:

Vahombey Project (2018 – present)

My role: Social Media Manager

Launch date: April 2018

Who we are & what we do:

7 out of 10 Malagasy people live in rural areas and 64% of the population is under 25 years old. This means that most of tomorrow’s population will come out of these groups. Bekitro is a village in the southern region of Androy, as well as the village I come from. 

The current public education system is broken – adapted from colonial French education with minor changes – making a good education an extremely luxurious privilege for Malagasy children. This public system is the only option for children in rural areas, vastly limiting their knowledge, skills, and mindsets. This makes breaking the poverty cycle the great majority faces and keeps Malagasy people from pushing for the development of their own society.

We are bringing an alternative to the people in those rural areas, with electronic libraries providing both literary products and educational material for all. We’re starting small – with Bekitro – as this is a student-led initiative, and are hoping to provide the village with over 3000 books, as well as many computers and tablets to develop IT related skills and explore Internet resources. We wish to hold regular activities teaching locals new skills as well as expanding general knowledge with workshops and movie screenings.

We received an initial grant of $1000 from the GoMakeADifference foundation, but need a lot more in order to take this project to term. We need donations to help us buy quality books and ebooks, buy and maintain equipment and pay for transportation expenses towards Bekitro. With a donation of just 5 dollars, we can buy 3 great books locally!

All relevant links on this project can be found HERE.

You can DONATE for this cause HERE.

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