Vigjilenca Abazi

I am a legal scholar based at New York University. I have a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector in Europe, working on a wide range of issues relating to democratic governance and fundamental rights. Deeply concerned by the lack of resources and support for education in Macedonia, I took the initiative to bring the Stella team together with the common strong belief in fostering the aspirations of girls and women. Support by mentors is key in education and life. In fact, it was a mentor that encouraged me to pursue my PhD degree while I was completing my Masters studies at University of Amsterdam. The mentor’s support was instrumental for me to write my PhD research proposal and set the first steps towards building my career in academia. Now as an assistant professor, I value mentorship even more and I am convinced that a good mentor can contribute to positive life-changing decisions and attaining our own potential. This is core to Stella’s efforts and our Women Mentorship Network. Expanding Stella beyond Macedonia, I am also a Fulbright Alumnus-in-Residence in New York and throughout 2018, with the support of Fulbright NY Chapter, I will organise a different set of events bringing global change-makers together to exchange ideas and skills for gender equality.

Vigjilenca Abazi

Vigjilenca Abazi

Co-founder