Ioana Contu

YC Member 2006 - 2008

From Romania

I was a member of the Youth Coalition between 2006 and 2008. My work within the organization focused mostly on LGBTQ and feminist issues. I was member and co-chair of the LGBTQ TF and in 2007 I was involved on the part of the Youth Coalition in organizing the conference “Multigenerational Feminist Dialogue” that took place at Rutgers University, NJ.

Besides the work with the Youth Coalition, since 2004 I have been a volunteer, active member, and in 2007 elected as member of the Board of Directors of Accept Romania– human rights organization working on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. Since 2005 I am also a member of the Romanian feminist group Ladyfest Collective/FIA Romania – women’s rights initiative group that organizes different cultural, artistic and activist events among which Ladyfest Romania and the first “Take Back the Night” march in Bucharest.

Even though my academic background – design – doesn’t second my interest for human rights issues, through involvement into volunteering activities I acquired not only skills and experience in working with people at this level but also a lot of important values within a multicultural environment, a wider view on global human rights issues and a better understanding of what it means to be political and how can one influence and contribute to social change. This are tools that I believe imprinted me with responsibility to be an active citizen of the world and with commitment to turning myself into “the change that [I] want to see in the world”.

Being a member of the Youth Coalition played an important role in learning all that but most importantly it played an important role in developing confidence to advocate for things that I believe in and in providing me the opportunity to meet admirable activists that changed my entire perspectives in life.