We live in a broken world where wars and division are prevalent, and where discrimination and social injustice are a reality. Sadly, those who are the most affected are the innocent ones, those whose dream is to live in a world of peace and equality, where there are opportunities regardless of gender, skin color, accent, status, race and belief. Change for the better is necessary. It must start within each of us and start small no matter how insignificant it may seem. We all do have different skill sets and talents, and this is a good starting point to create bigger impacts. With this realisation, Christine joined She Matters as a legal researcher and currently helps in managing Galforce, She Matters’ Lotus Flower programme in partnership with Salesforce. She believes that women play a very significant role in our society and, therefore, shares with the mission of She Matters to help the refugee and migrant women ‘build their social and economic capital, boost their self-confidence and become leaders in their homes, businesses and communities.’ Empowered women create empowered homes, empowered communities and empowered families, the last being the smallest unit in our society.
Christine is a Master of Laws Graduate (LL.M.) cum laude in International Business Law at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). She also holds an LL.B. degree cum laude in International and European Law at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. She currently works as an Account Coordinator at the European headquarters of Murata, a Japanese manufacturing company and innovator in electronics. She is also currently part of the legal team of Volt Netherlands, a Pan-European political party active in the Netherlands with Europe-wide affiliates. She is a former Associate Chief Editor/Senior Editor of the Amsterdam Law Forum, the official law journal of the VU University Faculty of Law. She is also an alumna of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. She also was a former Research Assistant to Prof. Dr. Jaap De Zwaan, Lector European Integration in through which the research focus were on security and integration issues in the European Union. Lastly, she also worked for BlauStein Lawyers as a legal intern and researched on different company laws in various jurisdictions around the globe.Christine Mandap