Daniela C. Pichler

Daniela is an experienced global campaigner and activist, and has worked with international NGOs around the world for over 15 years. Her focus is on the environment, women’s & human rights, animal welfare and international development.

She holds a UNESCO Master’s degree in Peace and Development studies and a second one in International Political Science and has worked in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Canada.

During the so-called refugee crisis she visited women in refugee camps as Head of Mission of Amnesty international Austria throughout 2015 and documented female refugees’ vulnerability to exploitation, discrimination and abuse.

Many of these women and girls had fled countries such as Syria, Irak and Afghanistan and were travelling alone or with children, some of them pregnant and many of them subject to sexual and gender-based violence.

All women refugees are among those who are particularly at risk and require effective protection. At the same time, many of these women have developed smaller and bigger initiatives to use art as a means to cope with their situation, using creativity to raise awareness and encourage fellow refugees to realise their own potential.