As Programme Director, Serap is responsible for leading on EWL’s Fundraising and programme strategy. She is a member of the Management Team. The moto of Serap Altinisik is “there is no right life amongst wrongs”. Serap is convinced that women’s rights can only become reality when the women’s movement is sustainably sourced. She loves to tweet on women’s leadership, women power, feminism, women’s funding, racism, human rights and on development issues under her twitter account @SeeRap.
Serap joined the EWL team in September 2011 as Fundraising Coordinator and Policy Officer. She was leading successfully the EWL 50/50 Campaign “No modern Democracy without Gender Equality” across Europe with the goal to achieve equal representation of women and men in decision-making and power positions within the EU institutions. She is continuing advocating and campaigning to make parity become reality across the political landscape . Another focus of her work in this field is lobbying for greater equality in terms of economic decision-making and power positions and to championing for transformative leadership at all levels of decision-making.
She was previously responsible for the Campaign Unit at European Network against Racism (ENAR) in Brussels in her time being there she played a significant role in establishing the first ever European Foundation against Racism. Serap has many years of professional leadership and managerial experience. She spent several years as the Head of Domestic Violence Department and Head of Activists and City Groups for the largest women‘s rights organisation TERRE DES FEMMES (TDF) in Germany, which was later amalgamated with establishing and coordinating the representation of TDF in Berlin.
Serap has published a book analysing the effects of domestic violence and also led the ever first study in Germany into implementation of favourable workplace policies for those experiencing domestic violence. Moreover, she also published many articles in different books, periodicals and magazines on international women’s rights, feminism, migration and racism. Furthermore, she conceptualised in collaboration with the EUKITEA Theater a musical theatre on domestic violence “Du bist unschlagbar” for school children from the age of 12 and more than 20 000 school children have been already reached since 2007.
Serap started her professional career as a Process Consultant in Personnel and Organisation Development at Führungsakademie Hannover (Germany). Serap holds a Magistra Artium Degree in Political Science, English literature and Cultural Studies from the Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany), as well as from the Master’s Programme European Studies at John Moores University in Liverpool (UK).