Gabrielle Tay

Gabrielle founded Action for Women in the summer of 2015 when she got increasingly frustrated at seeing her fellow humans fleeing war and persecution only to be stuck in inhumane conditions across the European borders. She managed to gather her current team, whom she considers her superheroes. Together, they’ve worked in Serbia, Italy and Greece. She hopes to send a clear message of hope to anyone seeking international protection: we stand with you in solidarity, your oppression and struggles, regardless of your nationality or religion.

Gabrielle is based mostly in Greece where she is responsible for overseeing the AfW operations to ensure the strategic delivery of our ethos and projects. The ex-litigator spent 20 months on the island of Chios, here in the first six months, she coordinated emergency shore response for the mass arrivals from Turkey. She considers this period to be the “most intense experience of my life.” Her passion for women’s rights saw the opening of the Athena Centre for Women in July 2016, where she worked with the highly vulnerable displaced female population, to address the gaps in protection and incidents of gender based violence.

Her vision in continuing to provide safety, support and hope for the women who leave Chios for the mainland saw the birth of our Halcyon Days project in Athens which was opened in August 2018.

Gabrielle now considers Exarcheia in Athens her home, and this self-professed introvert can sometimes be found in one of the neighbourhood’s vast array of second hand bookshops.

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