Transregional Center for Democratic Studies

TCDS Alumna Zuzanna Krzątała receives the 2022 Aspen CE Madeleine K. Albright Leadership Award

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Zuzanna Krzątała received her MA in Liberal Studies from The New School for Social Research and she is an alumna of the TCDS 2016 Democracy & Diversity Summer Graduate Institute. Through her fieldwork with the International Rescue Committee in Jordan and Lesbos she focused on initiatives that empowered refugee women. As a Project Coordinator at Humanity in Action Poland, she leads an educational mentorship program for young activists from Poland, Ukraine, Germany and the U.S. On her podcast, CALL TO ACTION!, Zuzanna speaks to activists on how to best use their resources and avoid burnout. Amid the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, she has been assisting  refugees in Poland by hosting a Ukrainian family, setting up and running a shelter for women and children, and organizing transport and accommodation abroad. Zuzanna is also a Sustainability Project Manager at Vogue Poland, where she is responsible for the annual Business Fashion Environment Summit in Warsaw. Source.

In a post on her Facebook account Zuzanna wrote:

“Earlier this week I traveled from Praga, to Praha , where I received the Aspen CE Madeleine K. Albright Leadership Award. As thrilled as I am to have been nominated, I am only a representative of a larger movement and believe this is a collective recognition that goes to everyone who was out there day and night welcoming our Ukrainian friends.

Now the real work begins to ensure that we can sustain this determination and solidarity that was on display in the early months since the russian aggression. Central European countries will grapple with consequences of the war for years to come and we must show a united front. That’s why I am extremely thankful to the Aspen Institute Central Europe for bringing together great thinkers from the region and highlighting the importance of free Ukraine.

And congratulations to my fellow laureate, Jana Hlaváčová, a patients’ rights advocate, who was coordinating Czech’s humanitarian response and provision of medical supplies to Ukraine”

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