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.