21 Remarkable Women Who Are Changing Eastern Europe

On International Women’s Day most women in Eastern Europe merely receive some flowers and words of gratitude for the work they have done for the family. We asked 21 journalists in 21 countries to introduce us to a remarkable woman from their country. von n-ost Border Crossing Journalism “Kristine Sargsyan is the founder of the TEDxYerevan conferences and she started the TED Talks translation movement in Armenia. When she organized her first event in 2010, the TEDx program was still experimental, but in the past seven years she inspired me and ...

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Interview to Chrissi Wilkens for Press Project website: “Konstantina Kouneva: Syriza is Europe΄s opportunity for change”

Syriza΄s MEP talks to Chrissi Wilkens about how Syriza΄s presence in the European Parliament as well as its rise to power in Greece could mean a shift from austerity politics for the whole of Europe How is the atmosphere in the EU parliament considering the Greek election results? It is completely different. Since the European elections, SYRIZA’s victory has put it in the spotlight, but now SYRIZA is government, and the Ministers and the Prime Minister are traveling to meet with the other leaders to discuss the Greek situation. My fellow MEPs hope that the ...

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Interview to Christina Vasilaki for Equal Times: “Konstantina Kuneva: the cleaner turned trade unionist turned MEP”

  Konstantina Kuneva (also known as Kostadinka Kuneva; pictured right) speaks at a protest in central Athens.(Photo credits to: AP/Petros Giannakouris) On 23 December 2008, Konstantina Kuneva (also known as Kostadinka or Constantina Kuneva), a Bulgarian-born cleaner and leading female trade unionist, became the victim of an acid attack because of her work organising mainly female cleaners and domestic workers. The case shocked the country and Kuneva was terribly disfigured. Although a court decision resulted in Kuneva being compensated €250,000 by her employer, ...

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