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.
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. Kelly's early experience in women’s non-profits were administrative and fundraising duties on campus women’s centers; after receiving 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. 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.
Lina Piskernik - Campaign Assistant
Lina Piskernik is Campaign Assistant to the WAVE Step-Up! campaign, supporting all campaign activities and also seeking fundraising and donor opportunities. She has a Bachelor degree in International Affairs & German from Florida State University as well as a Master of Science in International Relations & Environmental Technology from the Diplomatic Academy and Vienna University of Technology. Lina previously has worked at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and the Austrian Energy Agency. She enjoys working in the communications field and is looking forward to contributing to making the Europe-wide campaign a success in every way possible.
WAVE OFFICE INTERNS
Charlotte Amalie Hyldgaard
Charlotte is a Danish student at the University of Aalborg, where she has done her Bachelors in Sociology, and is currently doing her Masters in European studies, with a specialisation in Global Gender Studies. During the past five years, Charlotte has been working as a volunteer at several different organisations, among others, LMS, which specialises in working with people with eating disorders, where she has been both a contact-person, advisor and public speaker. Besides this, she has been a volunteer in a club for young girls with challenges, and in another club for young people with disabilities. One of her overall goals is gender equality, and she hopes to be able to carry out this goal in all of her future work.
Carina is a student at Cluj School of Public Health, Romania, a customized and interdisciplinary program covering every aspect of Public Health tackling five major fields: Health Policy and Management, Social and Behavioural Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, and Occupational and Environmental Health. During her studies she was a volunteer and vice-president in AIESEC Cluj-Napoca (a global non-political, independent, not-for-profit organisation run by students which helps young people to explore and develop their leadership potential and strive to achieve peace and fulfilment of human potential). She is a strong advocate for Sustainable Development Goals and she believes that the world is defined by the people who live in it, and they have to power change it. Her professional goal is to create an impact in society and make the world a better, safer and healthier place. Carina is interested in social marketing, start-ups with health and social impact, gender-based violence prevention, STD prevention.
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!