Mina Tolu

Country representing

Malta

Languages

Maltese
Italian

Education

  • University of Malta
  • Bachelor in Communications Honours

Current organisation

Transgender Europe (TGEU)

Current role

Communications Officer

Skills and Expertise

Activism
Campaigning
LGBT rights
Social media

Areas of interest

Education
Environment
Human Rights
Media
Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Actions

In 2015, as Campaign Coordinator for BirdLife Malta, I was in charge of the management of a national-wide campaign to encourage people to turn up and vote against spring hunting in a referendum. While the referendum was lost by less than a percentage point, the campaign was successful in engaging a nation in the debate, it was clear that people understood the core messages, and were motivated to turn up to vote. Turnout stood at 75% with a 50.4% win in favour of retaining spring hunting. While previously there was a moderately active environmental movement in Malta, it is only after the referendum that others started to speak up and protest against some governmental proposals which really harmed Malta's national environment. A few months after the referendum the most successful and well attended protest on an environmental issue happened in Malta. I believe that the referendum helped spark awareness, but also hope, that when people join together behind a common cause change can happen. Although the referendum wasn't won, it was a slim enough margin, that slight possibility that inspired more people to take action. I was just one of the many working behind the scenes for the 3 months up to the referendum, but I believe that my work, along with that of the others, has helped to create this positive change, which we are only starting to witness now.