Vjola Thoma

Country representing

Albania

Languages

Albanian
English

Education

  • University of Tirana, Faculty of Economics
  • Bachelor in Business Adinistration

Current organisation

A Woman in Power

Current role

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Skills and Expertise

Activism
Campaigning
Fundraising
Social entrepreneurship

Areas of interest

Business
Education
Leadership
Sustainable Development
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Actions

My first initiative towards making a change started with a social media group I founded to network with other like-mined Albanian youth. It was named "We can change our Albania" and ever since served as a tool to inform each-other about protesting against some of the Albanian governments affairs, student's rights etc. There were 6000 members in the group, so the impact was huge, actually. While doing my studies, I volunteered for the Career Center at the University of Tirana, where I helped to provide national and international opportunities to students for them to advance their professional career. Two years ago, I was selected to serve as an intern by the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth. I served as the project manager and also contributed to the 'No Hate Speech Movement". I also cooperated with the United Nations Women as the National Director of the "He For She" campaign. In 2013, I co-founded the non-governmental organization A Woman in Power, whose aim is to empower young women and youth. Throughout the years we have implemented several activities to fulfill our potential. For example, Breaking Stereotypes Program built bridges between youth of the Balkans in order for them to connect and discuss about the most pressing issues of our respective communities. Another activity we have organized is Albania's Next Leader Program which was attended by 150 participants and the aim was for these young people to compete based on their leadership skills, so they could also improve themselves. Furthermore, A Woman in Power has also organized the Albanian Book Club. Every week, the most famous Albanian writers come close to young people to discuss about their work and raise awareness about the importance of reading to a generation of young people which is becoming more and more attracted to social media. I have also organized the Women Entrepreneurship Day at the University of Tirana. Successful entrepreneur Albanian women shared their experience to students