WAVE Board

Pille Tsopp-Pagan
(President)

is a board member and co-founder of the Tartu Women’s Shelter in 2002, which at the time was the first domestic violence shelter in the Baltics. For the past 7 years, she has served as its Executive Director, working to rebrand the organization as the Women’s Support and Information Center (WSIC), a more internationally-oriented organization that participates in policy analysis and advocacy, research and education. In this role she has managed national and international projects supported by EU Justice, Erasmus and other funders.

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Last year, she helped to write the 2007-2014 shadow report on Estonia to UN CEDAW and presented it to the CEDAW Committee in Geneva. Within Estonia, she has advocated for changes to the penal code and worked with policy makers to bring the country in line with the Istanbul Convention. In addition to this, she has over twenty years of experience in financial management of both nonprofit and for-profit firms. She has managed the finances for dozens of international projects and for several large and small organizations.

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Marcella Pirrone
(Vice President)

is a feminist lawyer who has worked for over thirty years in Italy and at the international level to promote and advocate for the rights of women, specifically women victims of violence. She works as a family and criminal lawyer, public service commissioner for sexual harassment and discrimination and formerly held roles including co-founder and President of a women’s shelter, co-founder of D.i.Re (the Italian umbrella association for autonomous women’s shelters) and member of its board, and university law professor.

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At the international level, she has participated in several projects, including an active role in WAVE representing Italy for over 20 years and most recently as a member of its Advisory Board. In collaboration with Elena Biaggioni, and on behalf of D.i.Re and several other Italian women’s NGOs, she is coordinating the preparation of the shadow report outlining Italy’s response to Istanbul Convention.

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Dušana Karlovská

is a feminist activist and practicing psychologist. Over the past 17 years, she has been directly supporting women and their children, developing and carrying out trainings, campaigns and advocacy activities on violence against women. She is Program Director of Fenestra – a grassroots feminist organization working with women – survivors of violence, one of the first in Slovakia. She represents the organization in dialogue with different authorities, NGOs and with the Slovak government. She has initiated the establishment of multi-agency cooperation in Kosice, as well as founding of an informal network of women’s NGOs in Slovakia.

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She is the author of several publications and a member of the Gender Equality Committee, an advisory body under the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Family in Slovakia, as well as of the Government Council for Crime Prevention. At the international level, she has participated in many international projects. She has been involved in WAVE network since 2005. She has been an Advisory Board member representing Slovakia in the recent years.

She strongly believes that feminist women´s groups, organizations and networks play a key role in changing women and girls´ lives.

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Sari Laaksonen

Is a development director in the Federation of Mother and child homes and Shelters, which has 30 member organizations throughout Finland. Previously Sari has worked as the director of the Shelter in Helsinki and in Central Union for Child Welfare. She has been an active member in the Nordic Women Against Violence network since 2009 and WAVE advisory board since 2014. She is also a board member in the Finnish section of The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) and chairing the board of Victim Support Finland. As part of her current job she is coordinating the Istanbul convention

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shadow report of Finland in co-operation with Women’s Line and organizing the Nordic Women Against Violence -conference 2018 in Helsinki. She has also been involved in developing projects on outreach work, violence against the elderly, children of asylum seekers and prisoners as well as generational violence. Sari is an experienced network developer and NGO lobbyer, with a university degree on educational administration, development and research.

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Baljit Banga

Rosa Logar

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

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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.

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Branislava Marvánová Vargová

Is head of the Information and counselling centre ROSA that provides support and counselling for women who experienced violence in their close relationships. ROSA – Centre for women has been established 25 years ago as one of the first women’s NGOs in this field in the Czech Republic.

As for her professional background, she is psychologist, psychotherapist, working with women, who experienced violence, for more that 18 years.

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Since 2016 she has been chairwoman of the Government Committee for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Violence against Women, which prepares national Action Plan to Prevent Domestic and Gender-Based Violence and monitors its implementation.

By combining her activities in direct work with women, victims of violence and at policy-making level, she seeks to promote that the voices and needs of women are always at the heart of all planned and implemented measures on individual as well as structural level.

She has been actively engaged with WAVE since 2004, participated in several WAVE projects (Bridging Gaps, Protect I, Protect II) and have been a trainer at the WAVE training institute.

She is author of several publications and actively involved in international exchange and cooperation.

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Susana Pavlou

Susana started her career at the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) in 2005 and has served as Director of the Institute since 2008. In this capacity, she has coordinated and implemented transnational projects on violence against women including domestic violence, sexual violence and rape, female genital mutilation, and gender-based violence among adolescents.

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Susana has also served as an expert on violence against women for European networks and organisations including the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), and the Council of Europe. She served as an expert in the EWL Observatory on Violence against women for six years and served on the Advisory Board of the WAVE Network. As a senior researcher for the European Institute for Gender Equality, she has worked specifically on administrative data collection on violence against women, gender-based violence among refugee women and, most recently, on risk assessment by police on intimate partner violence.

In Cyprus, Susana is currently President of the Advisory Committee for the Prevention and Combating of Violence in the Family, a coordinating body for the implementation of the law on domestic violence and to promote multi-agency cooperation. In her capacity as expert on violence against women and domestic violence, she has worked closely with the Cyprus Ministry of Justice on mapping the legislative framework of Cyprus and its compliance with the standards of the Council of Europe Convention on Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, as well as in preparing a study on models and tools on risk assessment and risk management of intimate partner violence.

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