Erlin Agich

I am a humanitarian fieldworker from Skopje, currently on a mission in Lebanon – a country hosting more than one million displaced Syrian refugees. I started my fieldwork on the Greek island of Lesvos: the frontline of the humanitarian response to hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers that resorted to the treacherous journey across the Aegean Sea to Europe, in quest for safety and protection from war, prosecution and poverty. Witnessing the countless vulnerabilities encountered by women in particular, whether on the move or settled in hosting countries, I saw the urgency to dedicate my career advocating for and working in protection programs for refugee girls and women. But I discovered that the humanitarian sector is not immune to gender inequality. Men dominate the ranks among policy-makers and key humanitarian positions, whose decisions affect the lives of millions of refugee women and girls. It is time that more women get involved in the humanitarian sector and policy-making that impacts the lives of other women. That is why I am deeply committed to Stella. I believe that this initiative will contribute to the making of future female leaders and professionals in the humanitarian sector and beyond in a wide array of educational and career streams. I envision Stella as a platform where women helping each other will consequently help hundreds of other women.

Erlin Agich

Erlin Agich

Co-founder