Representative of the member organisations elect the eight to eleven board members in the annual general assembly.

The Board:

meets quarterly, is composed of representatives of member organisations with a balance of regions, gender, perpetrator and victim organisations, is active by supporting the WWP EN's work and by contributing WWP EN staff team's work, has the most important task of strategic planning for the network.

The board officers (chair, secretary, treasurer) are elected by the board members. Additionally, the association has a vice chair as representative of WAVE (Women against violence in Europe). These four officers are responsible for the financial and administrative monitoring and the preparation of board and general meetings. They have monthly telephone conferences and from time to time additional preparatory meetings.

Neil Blacklock (Chair)

Neil feels it is a privilege to have had the opportunity to contribute to WWP EN. He brings to the WWP EN his 25 years’ experience of delivering and designing interventions with those who use intimate partner violence. He is committed to addressing the institutional barriers to effective responses to gender based violence, whether that is in the community or the criminal justice system or through child protection agencies. He wants WWP EN to be an organisation that works to address violence against women and a place where people can explore the multiple ways to achieve this.

Atila Uligaj (Secretary)

Atila started working as a field coordinator in the organization Woman to Woman in 2002. In that period of time the status of women in Albania was undermined by patriarchal attitudes, gender inequality and the unequal development rates of the society. During her work experience she had the opportunity to work closely with community groups especially in the villages, what confronted her with the difficult and severe living realities of women and girls in the northern rural areas of Albania. This work helped her to enhance her knowledge on women’s human rights and gender equality and develop activities, which would contribute to the development of the social status and the protection of the rights of women and girls in these areas. From 2005 and on she has continued work in this organisation being engaged in administrative and management issues. Recently, she is leading work for the establishment of the referral mechanisms against domestic violence in four Municipalities in the Northern Region.

Dean Ajdukovic

Dean is a Professor of Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Zagreb, Croatia. His research interests include recovery from trauma, post-conflict community social reconstruction, development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions, prevention of violence in adolescent relationships, treatment of perpetrators of gender based violence. Over past 18 years he led development of Croatia’s first perpetrator program, provided individual and group treatment to perpetrators and victims, helped design the training program for the providers who work with perpetrators and delivered training in Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Macedonia. He consulted national lawmakers regarding inclusion of work with perpetrator into Croatian laws, contributed to writing several national strategies to combat GBV with emphasis on work with perpetrators, and authored the national standards for work with perpetrators. He was member of the interim board of the newly founded WWP EN and helped develop the organization’s statutes and other documents. Currently he is president of the Croatian Society for Traumatic Stress (CSTS). In 2011, he received the European award Walter de Loos for Excellence in European Trauma Work.

Heinrich Geldschläger (Treasurer)

Heinrich is a German psychologist and psychotherapist. He has been living and working in Barcelona for the last 20 years, currently as Research Manager at Conexus Association. Since the year 2000, he has been active in the field of interventions for men who use violence, working directly with men, coordinating services, delivering presentations and trainings on this work and researching it. He has been involved in Daphne projects WWP and IMPACT and has been a member of WWP EN since 2009. He is currently a member of the board (and the treasurer) working for the sustainable growth of the network, creating a transparent, democratic and participative organisation offering useful services to the different needs of member organisations.

Marianne Hester

Marianne is Professor of Gender, Violence and International Policy at the University of Bristol. She has been a member of the WWP EN Board since April 2014 and her research expertise has added positively to the Board’s development and work. She has many years of experience managing teams and researching violence against women and children, including key research on perpetrators (e.g. gender and perpetrators, 2009, 2012, 2013; perpetrator needs and help-seeking, 2007; three planet model, 1996, 2006, 2011; IMPACT, 2014; PROVIDE, 2015). She is currently involved in research on: men, domestic violence and the health service; Victim perspectives on justice; and high risk domestic violence perpetrator programmes. She has worked closely with government departments and NGOs in the UK, Australia and Europe, and is Patron of South Tyneside Women’s Aid and Devon Rape Crisis.

Dajana Ilic

Dajana is a public relations manager with the non-governmental organization „Buducnost“ that operates in Modrica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the beginning of 2017, she took over the assignments in the field of work with perpetrators of domestic violence as the coordinator of the project „One step closer to elimination of DV/ Psychosocial treatment of perpetrators“. The project is currently being implemented in two regions in Republika Srpska (one of the entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina). Its main goal is to work on the elimination of violence through treatment of perpetrators of DV, that is, the establishment of treatment centres for psychosocial treatment of perpetrators. This is a demanding and responsible project that Dajana is sure will bring many changes for the better in the field of work with perpetrators of violence in these. By working on this project, she improved her ability to cooperate with the subjects of protection, while her work in the Association of Citizens "Buducnost" helped her improve her advocacy capacities when dealing with changes related to the work with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Considering that she is a journalist by profession, the long-standing experience on the „other side“ of the non-governmental sector has also contributed to a better understanding of the organization in which she is employed.

Olga Persson

Olga is Secretary General at Unizon. Unizon is the Swedish association for 130 women’s shelters, young women’s empowerment centres and other support services, which work together for a gender equal society free from violence.

Olga is a political scientist and has great expertise and experience in the fields of men's violence against women, violence prevention, rape and sexual abuse of children, both from the civil society movements and from the state official level. As Secretary-General of Unizon she works with advocacy on a national and international level, training of the judicial and legal system, as well as capacity building of the 130 member organizations around Sweden. Unizon believes in a holistic view of violence, and are strong advocates for working with perpetrators with feminist approach. Accountability to the women's movement and the shelter movement are key principles for this work. Olga is specialized in issues concerning violence prevention and masculinities, rape, sexual abuse and prostitution as a form of men´s violence against women. Olga has also worked several years at a front line service, directly with victims of rape.

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