For nearly a decade, Annika has been committed to protecting human rights around the globe. She gives speeches regularly in schools, panel discussions and international meetings about feminist leadership, women’s rights as human rights, safer spaces, the power of diversity, and her personal survivor experiences.
Annika interned for Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa in 2011, where she advocated for the rights of refugee and asylum seekers. After graduating from Université Paris VIII, she engaged in multiple grassroots organisations, doing anti-racist and gender-sensitive work. While facilitating support groups for survivors of violence with Monika Multicultural Women’s Association, Annika witnessed the hard realities survivors of gender-based violence are faced with. Something had to be done. Her activism turned political, and she soon begun working for the Finnish Green Women’s Association. As coordinator of a political women’s rights association, Annika supports women’s political participation and human rights at local, national and international levels.
Annika is a qualified community educator (Ba), specializing in civic action and promoting inclusion and participation in NGOs. She serves on various boards and is active in a number of human rights organisations.