International Women’s Day: highlighting community members who advance gender equality

Many of our faculty, students, and alumni work to promote gender equality and social justice. Here are just a few.

As we mark this year's International Women's Day on 8 March, we want to take this opportunity to highlight a few members of the Hertie School family who have been doing work that furthers gender equality and justice for women.

  • Before joining the Hertie School, Ankita Goswami, first-year MPP student and Indo-German Young Leaders Forum Scholar, worked at the Delhi office of a London-based NGO iProbono. She worked on trial court litigations on child sexual abuse and supervised their legal aid, as well as publishing multiple factsheets on gender rights. Read more about her on our admissions blog.
  • In December 2020, Hertie School alumna Claudia Müller (MPP 2012) was named among “100 Women of the Year” by Focus magazine. She founded Female Finance Forum, a company that promotes financial literary for women and focuses on sustainable investment. Read more about her here.
  • The founder of the Center for Intersectional Justice in Berlin, Dr. Emilia Roig graduated with a Hertie School MPP in 2009. We spoke with her early in the pandemic to get her advice to students graduating amidst economic uncertainty. “Setbacks always carry a message and a lesson,“ she said in that interview. Dr. Roig is currently teaching a class at the Hertie School called “Gender, Race, Class”, and her new German-language book Why We Matter explores how to challenge intersecting forms of oppression.
  • The Centre for Fundamental Rights hosted a panel discussion in conjunction with the premiere of Nasrin, a documentary by Jeff Kaufmann about the Iranian human rights lawyer and women’s rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh. Visit the Centre for Fundamental Rights’ website to learn more about their engagement in protecting and furthering rights for all people across the globe.
  • Michaela Kreyenfeld, Professor of Sociology, has been working extensively to understand how the pandemic is affecting gender roles and family dynamics. You can read about her fascinating findings here. Professor Kreyenfeld also recently contributed to the “Report on Families” presented by the  German Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

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