Stella Nyanchama Okemwa
Expert (Fight against racism and discrimination),
Stella is a Kenyan with a Belgian nationality, residing in Belgium for more than 25 years. She is a fifty year old single parent of four children, the oldest of whom is 30years and the youngest 18 years. She has two master degrees in Education and in social & cultural anthropology, respectively obtained from the Free University of Brussels (VUB) & The Catholic University of Belgium (KUL). She conducted her anthropological research/fieldwork in Kenya, focusing on such themes as gender relations and the differentiated male/female access to the micro- & macro resources, spatial orientation, traditional healing systems, power (lessness) & violence. She has published several articles pertaining to these themes and is still actively engaged in the academic field as a guest lecturer in the KUL and the CIMIC.
Professionally, Stella has amassed an extensive array of experiences in various competitive fields and work environments: In her capacity as student coordinator and academic assistant she was a team leader and students’ coach/ mentor, charged with the responsibility of coordinating with management in organizing the day to day functioning of the department. In her position as an employment & integration consultant, she was proficient in the implementation of the current European Asylum and Migration policies pertaining to “newcomers”. She is currently employed as an educator, consultant and coach at a non-governmental organization - Hand in Hand Against Racism. Hand in Hand addresses issues pertaining to racism, discrimination and equal rights. It is renowned for its various successful and well-documented initiatives such as demonstrations, petitions, rallies, [social] media…aimed at raising public awareness and mobilizing the masses.