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Serap Altinisik

Plan International EU Office Head of Office | EU Representative

Serap joined the Plan International EU Office as Head of Office and EU Representative in April 2018. During the International Civil Society Week in April 2019 taking place in Belgrade Serap was elected as Board Member of Civicus. In this role she will be working together with renowned global civil society activists, to steer the work of Civicus to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world. Previously, she held the position of Programme Director at the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) responsible for leading their Fundraising and Programme Strategy. Serap joined the EWL team in September 2011 as Fundraising Coordinator and Policy Officer. She successfully led 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. Serap lives by the assertion that “there is no right life amongst wrongs”, and is convinced that girls' and women’s rights can only become reality when the women’s and girls’ movement is sustainably resourced. She loves to tweet on girls and women’s leadership, young women power, youth activism, feminism, racism, human rights and on development issues under her twitter account @SeeRap.

Prior to her role at the EWL, Serap was responsible for the Campaign Unit at the European Network against Racism (ENAR) where she played a significant role in establishing the first ever European Foundation against Racism. She also 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 combined 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. She also published several articles in books, periodicals and magazines on international women’s rights, feminism, migration and racism.

Serap holds a Magistra Artium Degree in Political Science, English literature and Cultural Studies from the Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany), and an M.A. in European Studies from the John Moores University in Liverpool (UK).

Articles by Serap Altinisik

Online harassment is silencing girls: the EU and its Member States can do more and better

25 November 2020

A blog by Serap Altinisik

Last Friday, the 20th November, was the 31st anniversary of a true milestone for children’s rights - the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We definitely have progressed to celebrate over those 31 years, but we also still have a way to go to achieve the fulfilment of all rights for all children, especially girls. Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and I would like to highlight a particular challenge that especially girls and young women face these days: harassment and abuse online. Plan International recently published its report “Free to be online – Girls' and young women’s experiences of online harassment”, which is staggering.

Jacqui and Serap call on all female activists to support one another and rise up, together we are stronger!

30 September 2020

Jacqui, a youth activist from Tanzania who is fighting to ban child marriage in her home country, and Serap Altinisik, a lifelong feminist and Head of Office and EU Representative at Plan International EU Office, met during Serap’s country visit to Tanzania. Ahead of the International Day of the Girl, these two feminist activists are coming together again to share their mutual passion for girls’ rights and to share their thoughts on activism, their motivation, and the challenging journey they have faced in the fight for equality in a world where people don’t necessarily believe in the power of girls and women.