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).