About
Us

The foundation of our work is our collective experience of programming for women displaced by conflict, violence and persecution, and our passion for women’s rights.

Gabrielle
Tay

Nina
Gora

Atalanti
Moquette

The Pomegranate Project has also been made possible through the solidarity of a team of Athens-based women of diverse backgrounds and nationalities.

Pitsa Marianna
Hadjipateras

Lydia
Politi

Adriana
Janicic

Yeganeh
Ghasemi

Aisha
Ibrahim

Porfyria
Moschopolou

With thanks also to Amie Williams who dedicated her time as a consultant during the inception phase.

We welcome other women who are passionate advocates for women’s rights and social justice to join the team.

Gabrielle
Tay

Nina
Gora

Atalanti
Moquette

Anna Lygnou & Lydia Politi

Gabrielle
Tay

founded Action for Women in 2015. She has worked in emergency settings on the Balkan route, Italy and then Greece, where she spent 20 months on the Aegean island of Chios. While working in the camps, she observed how women’s voices are unheard and needs specific to the gender are unmet in the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War 2. 

She opened the Athena Centre for Women in July 2016 – the first all-women space outside of any official camp structures in Greece. The Athena Centre provided crucial services requested by the vulnerable women residents of the camps, in order to address the gaps in protection and incidents of gender-based violence. Her vision to provide safety, support and hope for the women continued onto our work in Athens with the Halcyon Days Project and the Pomegranate Project. 

Gabrielle graduated from the University of Exeter, UK’s law faculty with first class honours and this passionate advocate for women’s rights has dedicated countless pro-bono hours in various legal aid clinics and women shelters working with marginalised women. 

Gabrielle currently considers Exarcheia in Athens her home.  

Nina
Gora

A women’s rights specialist with over a decade of experience in programming for women’s rights with displaced communities in fragile and conflict contexts with national and international NGOs across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, including in Afghanistan, the Syria refugee response in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Somalia.

She worked in the Greece refugee response as Gender and Protection Lead with Oxfam and is currently global Head of Gender Equality in Humanitarian with an international organisation.

Nina is based in Kypseli, Athens with her dog, Squeaky.

Atalanti
Moquette

Atalanti Hadjipateras Moquette received a BA Hons. in Philosophy and Ancient Greek at King’s College London. She continued her postgraduate studies in Art History at the University of Toronto.

Atalanti’s passions include education, art, philanthropy and women’s rights.

She started her career on the specialist side of Sotheby’s and has worked on education policy in Toronto and Geneva.

Her involvement in the field of philanthropy follows a family tradition began at the grassroots level, running a life skills programme in a shelter for battered women.

In 2009 Atalanti founded Giving Women, a network of diverse but like-minded women who pool their professional skills and experience to provide advice to strengthen projects directed at vulnerable girls and women globally.

Her interest in social impact investing started when she and her daughter, Elianna, established Step Up, to advise start-up social business and banks on questions of social impact and responsible investing.

As a philanthropist Atalanti has held positions on various boards:

  • Vice –President of the board of the International School of Geneva
  • Vice – President of the board of the International Baccalaureate Organisation
  • Founding member of the Executive Committee of Human Rights Watch, Geneva,
  • Member of executive Committee of the Fondation Philanthropique Orthodoxe
Pitsa Marianna
Hadjipateras

Known as Pitsa to everyone, she equips our participants with the crucial Greek language skills in order to function in this new chapter of their lives.

Lydia
Politi

The lack of childcare is one of the biggest barriers to women entering the workforce, education and skills acquisition as women disproportionately have to shoulder the majority of domestic responsibilities.

To overcome this barrier, we provide childcare onsite for babies and toddlers. Lydia coordinates the childcare volunteers ensuring that our our single-parent participants receive the consistent support and peace of mind to focus on learning while they are attending Greek or IT Literacy classes. 

Adriana
Janicic
Adriana was born in Yugoslavia and raised in Greece. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and trauma-informed yoga instructor. Adriana works from a strengths-based, culturally-responsive and trauma-informed perspective, collaboratively building a space of safety and trust that prioritizes the individual’s held identities and culture. She is a firm advocate of human rights, social justice, women’s health, mental well-being and trauma-informed care. Adriana specialises in the treatment of trauma, depression, grief, anxiety and women’s health concerns and has particular experience in working with immigration trauma, sexual trauma and sexual exploitation.  In her free time, you may catch her dreaming about travelling, doing yoga, drawing, or searching for a piece of nature to enjoy.
Yeganeh
Ghasemi

Yegameh teaches basic computer literacy skills to the participants of the Pomegranate Project. Born in 1993 in Rasht, Iran, she graduated from the University of Tehran with a Bachelors in Computer Science. Yeganeh has experience working with women where she utilised her language skills and background in IT as both a Computer teacher and interpreter. Yeganeh currently lives in Athens. She is extremely passionate about art. In her works, she experiments with various techniques and media, while her concepts are concerned by the role of gender and especially, the role of women in the present geopolitical reality. She considers art as life, since life itself is a form of art.

Aisha
Ibrahim

Aisha holds a degree in Bachelors of Public Health and a Diploma in Nursing. She has previously worked with several NGOs in Somalia with ten years of experience in protection and women’s empowerment programs as well as a gender-based violence specialist. Aisha’s fluency in English, Arabic and Somali is key for us to communicate with our Somali and Arabic community at the Pomegranate Project.

And she is planning to add another language to her belt by studying Greek with us as well!!

Porfyria
Moschopolou

Born and raised in Astros, a small village in Arcadia, Porfyria came to Athens to study Interior Design and Decoration Arts. At university, she discovered the magical world of textiles and she started extensive research into the textile and pattern histories of various cultures where the research took her to Spain and cities around Europe and Africa.

Porfyria gets her inspiration from folk art and likes creating illustrations based on tradition with a modern twist – and her work is also about experimenting with different techniques. She creates designs with a story to tell. She works together with the participants of the Pomegranate Project in the livelihoods pillar to co-design patterns in order to create high quality merchandise, ensuring that the participants are generating a regular and reliable income.

© Action for Women 2020

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I’m a woman. Beautiful like a flower, strong and steady like a mountain.
I’m a mother. Patient, tolerant and loving.
I’m a daughter. Calm and obedient.
I’m a sister. The patience stone and a pain balm.
I’m a woman.

Negar

These words are spoken by Negar (not her real name) an Afghani woman, her voice quivering as she tenderly utters “I’m a woman.” 

Negar is in Europe now, but what she has endured to get here speaks to the strength, courage and resilience of all survivors of gender-based violence.

Negar was forced into marriage to a man who repeatedly abused her. Despite this, she continued enduring the humiliation, the pain, the suffering. Until one day, something happened. Something that would change the course of her life forever. 

Her voice is but one of countless voices that go unheard. 

Thanks to the courage and trust of these remarkable women, we have this rare documentary, whose aim is to shine a spotlight on the invisible war against women and create a wider understanding as to why women flee their countries. We need to change the perception of how these women are viewed and see them in the dignified manner, in which they deserve to be seen.

Please contact us if you are interested in arranging a screening.

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