Irina Asaftei

Irina Asaftei

Currently based in the Philippines, Irina is an international development professional with experience in non-profit and private sectors in Romania, Uganda, Singapore and the UK. Her interests lie around market-based solutions as a way of addressing human rights issues, with a focus on gender equality, access to health, and adequate housing. She holds an MBA on International Organizations Management from the University of Geneva.
    • There were tears – Imany

      “There were tears”, a song by French singer Imany, is a tribute to Nelson Mandela and it was written shortly after his death. It’s a conversation between him and the today’s generations where he shares his fight from freedom, his experiences and he is telling them not to give...
    • 16 Days Campaign 2015 – Video

      10 December, Human Rights Day, marks the end of the 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence (GBV) Campaign. Our contributors took us on a journey where we learned that, while women around the world, regardless of their social status, profession or age suffer from GBV, there is hope. We...
    • 7 Things You Can Do to Stop Online VAW

      Isis Anchalee is a platform engineer. Earlier this year she was asked by her company, together with other employees, to post for a recruitment ad. The backlash her photo received was disturbing; the ad was thought not to be real because Isis does not fit the image of how...
    • Lady Gaga’s ‘Till it happens to you

      If listening to Lady Gaga’s powerful voice in ‘Till it happens to you piano and violins ballad while watching the video makes the viewers unsettled, shocked or brings tears to their eyes, it is difficult to imagine how it actually feels being one of the girls and boys who...
    • Re-imagining Working Space in the Cities of Tomorrow

      I spent more than eight years working in multinational companies. I used to be proud when I would tell my friends that I am in the office around 14 hours a day, everyday. It would make me feel my work is important and relevant therefore I am as well. Eventually...
    • Access to Safe and Legal Abortion Saves Lives

      Every year 47,000 women, mostly from developing countries, die from complications of unsafe abortion. Unsafe abortions, according to the World Health Organisation are “procedures for terminating an unintended pregnancy carried out either by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards,...
    • Have You Forgotten About Yemen?

        Proximity and novelty are two fundamental elements of making a subject newsworthy. The refugees crisis in Europe, and related to it, the situation in Syria, or the upcoming election in the United States, seem to dominate the headlines these days. However, another important element to newsworthiness is impact...
    • Should Sex Work be Legal?

      I recently watched an old episode of the Ally McBeal series (1997) and came across the issue of solicitation; a senior partner at a law firm was accused for using the services of a prostitute. His attempt to redeem himself was to point out the lack of time to...