When did you intern at BIHR?

I interned at BIHR between June and September 2013.

What were you doing before your BIHR internship?

I had just finished my Bachelor of Laws at QMUL and was about to start my ‘Master of Laws: Human rights, conflict and justice’ at SOAS. I was a "senior student", so I had done quite a lot before I started my LLB at QMUL and my internship at BIHR. I had worked as a waitress since I was 15, done half-a-year backpacking, studied French and snowboarded in Chamonix, as well as pro bono at several legal advice centres. I've always had a special relationship with social justice and helped set up a crisis centre for young girls in my hometown of Uppsala when I was 16-19 years old.

What did you do during your internship with BIHR?

On my very first day at BIHR I was brought to Westminster and attended a rally outside the office of then Home Secretary, Theresa May. The crowds were calling for her to not withdraw from the European Court of Human Rights and I knew from the start that a very interesting summer laid ahead of me. BIHR, being a small team, provided an environment where I got to try a lot of different tasks, from conducting legal research on human rights in the UK for the use of BIHR’s external communication, to preparing logistics for many of their UK Human Rights Tour events. I also joined several multi-stakeholder meetings on the Mental Capacity Act and assisted with the research and drafting of the “Unofficial guide to the Select Committee on the Mental Capacity Act (MCA)”. It was a great place to get first-hand experience of policy work!

What did you do after your BIHR internship?

Today I'm a Münchener, working for the ecofeminist network, Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF), as a gender expert within advocacy and communication. I’m following Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement, attending several high-level meetings a year as a civil society observer (HLPF and our regional forums on sustainable development, COPs & the intersessionals, UNEA, CSW). I’m currently the organising partner for the UNECE region of the feminist network UN Women’s Major Group, which is one of the 9 official and self-organised major groups following Agenda 2030. We are currently coordinating the civil society for the regional conference on the landmark 25-year anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. I think communication is very important when ensuring that policies translates to the ground, and vice versa, that what happens on the ground is translated into policies. I think this was one of the key learnings I carry with me since my time at BIHR.