Since 2011, Annika has been engaged in multiple grassroots organisations, doing anti-racist and gender-sensitive work.
As of November 2020, Annika works as Rights & Democracy Campaigner for the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament. She is responsible for building awareness and influencing the debate around two human rights portfolios: gender equality and biometrics mass surveillance.
Previously, as Communications & Feminist Policy Expert for the Green Party in Finland, Annika supported women’s political participation and human rights at local, national and international levels. She coordinated an internationally recognized electoral campaign in the spring of 2019, which led to a record-breaking number of women being elected to parliament in Finland.
Annika is pursuing a Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law at De Montfort University, and is a qualified community educator (Ba), specializing in civic action and promoting inclusion and participation in NGOs.
She has acquired leadership experience as a board member in multiple human rights organisations, including as vice-chair of the Finnish human rights foundation KIOS, as chair of the international committee of Finland’s largest LGBTIQ+ organisation Seta – LGBTI Rights in Finland as being board member for the Finland National Committee for UN Women and NYTKIS the country’s largest umbrella organisation for women’s rights.