Take a walk with me to find out a little more about who I am and what I do:
Originally from Vienna, I have been working internationally for over ten years. Since 2012, I have been working in political communication, particularly at the intersection of knowledge transfer and political education. Wherever I go, whatever I do, my work is informed by power relations and a sense of justice.
Bystander in/action, human rights, and the access to justice for all – these issues have shaped my work as a freelance journalist for various Austrian media outlets and informed my political activism. In Vienna, I co-founded several initiatives and organizations at the intersection of access to information and justice before I moved to Brussels in 2015. As a political advisor in the European Parliament, I got the chance to experience from up-close how legislation is made. I got to see how lobbyism works, what's necessary to build alliances for a critical parliamentary majority, and which forces are at work in the process of writing laws. Importantly, Brussels taught me how power works – and how it can be abused. Together with my colleagues, I founded a feminist network to counter the instances of power abuse we experienced. As a workshop leader, I recognized my own stories in the seminars that feminists from all over the world attended, and realized that all these stories had something in common, followed certain patterns, escalated along the same lines. The product of this year-long work was It’s Not That Grey, an activist guide through the so-called grey area of sexual harassment. In 2020, the text was updated, translated and published as a book in German by ÖGB-Verlag, the publishing house of the Austrian national trade union confederation: „Grauzonen gibt es nicht“.
The power of coming forward with one's own story stayed with me: as European mainstream media all too often did not make enough space for authentic representation of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) voices like mine, I decided to take matters – and the microphone – into my own hands. As a podcast producer and moderator, I worked on making space for stories that ever too often went unheard. In/justice, abuse of/power and bystander intervention have informed my academic work in the US. After my studies, I included the fight against the climate crisis to my lens on systems of inequality and injustice.