Alexandra Patsalides joined Equality Now in March 2018. Alexandra is a lawyer and most recently worked on the promotion of women's rights in Cyprus as a researcher at the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS). She has experience in human rights field work in Kosovo with the OSCE and participated in the drafting working groups of the Kosovo National Action Plan on Domestic Violence 2017-2020. Alexandra also worked at the European Commission and the Permanent Representation of Cyprus to the EU. Alexandra studied Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK) and earned a Masters in Law in Public Law and Human Rights at University College London.
It was through her work in Kosovo that she became more aware of the patriarchal obstacles and challenges facing women. This experience motivated her to advocate for the elimination of structural gender discrimination and work towards ensuring that there are strong laws in place guaranteeing gender equality. Alexandra draws inspiration from her mother, a true feminist who taught her the importance of treating others with compassion, respect and patience. Her favorite quote is by Malala Yousafzai: “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”
Outside the office, Alexandra enjoys singing, travelling and having coffee by the sea.