Rosa Logar – Content Manager
Rosa Logar is Executive Director of the Domestic Abuse Intervention Program Vienna, a victim/survivor service that was established with the Domestic Violence Act (1997). She is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences/Department of Social Work and member of the Austrian inter-ministerial working ground on the new Domestic Violence Act. Rosa co-founded WAVE in 1994, and participated in selected international activities: member of the UN Expert Group Meeting Good practices in legislation on Violence Against Women in Vienna (2008); member of the Council of Europe Task Force to Combat Violence against Women, including Domestic Violence (2006-2008); from 2008 until 2010 she represented the Austrian Federal Minister for Women in the CoE Ad Hoc Committee which was in charge of drafting the new CoE Convention on preventing and combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence. Since May 2015, Rosa is a member of the GREVIO committee, which will monitor the implementation of the Istanbul Convention - in September 2015, she was nominated as first vice-president of the GREVIO.
Maria Rösslhumer – Managing Director
Maria Rösslhumer was born in a small town in Upper Austria in 1960. She is a family counsellor, pedagogue for handicapped people and political scientist. Since 1997 Maria is employed and since 2000 she is managing director of the Austrian Women´s Shelter Network, (AÖF) and the national Women’s Helpline in Austria and WAVE (Women Against Violence Europe). Since 2006 Maria is one of the deputies of the Austrian Frauenring, one of the umbrella organizations for women NGOs in Austria. She is an expert in the field of domestic violence against women, gender-based violence, violence within the family, gender and women's politics and gender mainstreaming.
Patricia Bell – Team Leader
Dr. Patricia Bell is team leader of the WAVE office in Vienna. She is English, completed her Master degree at Glasgow University and was a founder member of the Women’s Support Project, Scotland where she worked for many years. She did her Doctorate on sexual violence against children in the family at the Eberhard-Karls University in Tübingen, Germany under supervision by Prof Dr. Carol Hagemann-White. She has almost 40 years’ experience of working against violence against women as both an activist and researcher in Scotland, England and Germany. Her particular interest is domestic violence including sexual violence against children in the family. Recent publications include:
Bell, Patricia (2016): Sexualiserte Gewalt gegen Kinder und Partnergewalt: Zusammenhänge und Inverventionsmöglichkeiten bei häuslicher Gewalt. Opladen. Verlag Barbara Budrich.
Bell, Patricia (2016): Fathers’ rights, children’s rights and mothers’ responsibilities – Reflections on shared parenting following relationship breakdown due to intimate partner violence. In: Claudia Maier-Höfer (Hg.): Angewandte Kindheitswissenschaften- Applied Childhood Studies. Wiesbaden. Springer VS.
Marion Lesur – Project Coordinator
Marion Lesur studied International Development, Gender and Conflict and holds an M.A. degree from the University of York, United Kingdom. She worked in Non-Governmental Organizations in the fields of Migration and Women's Rights in Greece and Austria. At the WAVE Network, she is in charge of project coordination, public relations and has worked on the 2012 EIGE Study on Area D of the Beijing Platform for Action: Violence against Women in the EU, as well as on the 2013 WAVE Country Report.
Andrada Filip – Project Coordinator
Andrada Filip joined the WAVE office in September 2015. She did her BA in International Politics at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom, and her MA in Political Science at the University of Vienna in Austria. She is also affiliated to a think-tank, the Human Security Centre, and to the Academic Council on the United Nations System. At the WAVE Office, Andrada has been working on the 2015 edition of the magazine FEMPOWER, as well as the WAVE Report 2015 on specialized support services for women victims of violence and their children in Europe. She has also been organizing multi-disciplinary trainings for professionals working in the field of preventing and responding to DV, and protecting survivors.
Kelly Blank – Project Coordinator
Kelly Blank has a Bachelor’s degree of Political Science and European Studies at the University of Victoria, and a Master’s degree in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in Canada. Prior to interning at WAVE, Kelly has worked in several women’s organizations. Her early experience in women’s non-profits were administrative and fundraising duties on campus women’s centers; after receiving intensive training, Kelly specialized in sexual assault prevention and worked closely with police and hospitals in providing immediate counselling and crisis support for survivors of sexual assault. During her graduate studies, Kelly was also a teacher’s assistant for the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies department in teaching about feminism, gender, and sexuality in the context of pop culture. Kelly currently works as project coordinator for the IMPLEMENT Project, carried out with the Austrian Women's Shelter Network (AÖF), and which aims to improve the response to gender-based violence in health care settings. For WAVE, Kelly is project coordinator, working on reports and data collection, as well as coordinating internship placements in the WAVE office.
Anca Ciupa – Project Coordinator
Anca Ciupa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and a Master’s Degree in European and National Business Law also obtained in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Babes-Bolyai University. Additionally, Anca has obtained a postgraduate diploma in International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna in June 2014. Before interning at WAVE, Anca was a co author on a research project, “Analysis of the draft law to permit the Rosia Montana mining proposal”, where she was in charge with reviewing environmental legislation, decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and illustrating opinions in the report. Aside from her internship, Anca has also a part-time job as an assistant at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, where she is in charge with administrative duties. Anca is a strong advocate of human rights and passionate about bringing her own contribution in this environment.
WAVE OFFICE INTERNS
Anna McKenzie moved to Vienna in 2011 from the southern black forest to do a BA program in Cultural and Social Anthropology, which she graduated from with first-degree honours in 2015. During her studies, she volunteered with ENTER Salone, a non-profit organisation focused on working with human rights groups in the townships around Freetown. Anna focused her research on Masculinity Studies with a special interest in the concept of Hegemonic Masculinity. Challenging her own privilege and white feminism by recognizing the importance of intersectionality is an issue very close to her heart. Anna hopes to make a worthwhile contribution with her work at WAVE, as well as with the rest of her career.
Eftyhia Vagena has an interdisciplinary Bachelor in Philosophy, Education and Psychology, with a specialization in Psychology. Having finished an exchange study program in 'Special Education' at the Stockholm University, she has worked as a private teacher in Greek, history, literature and philosophy, counseling students and supporting them in developing and strengthening their capacities. She is currently doing her Masters in Gender Studies – Intersectionality and Change at Linköping University in Sweden, and is writing her master’s thesis on the issues of: migration waves within Europe, gender, ethnicity, class and feminist geopolitics, among other topics. She speaks Greek, English, and is learning Swedish. Eftyhia believes that “violence is inextricably related to unequal and intersecting power relations. Feminism is the choice, which supports us to unravel them and seek social justice”.
Each year, WAVE welcomes a number of volunteers, who contribute their time and efforts to the work of WAVE. The WAVE office is happy and very lucky to count them as part of the team!