LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Valeria Santostefano

 Senior Programmes & Policy Officer

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Valeria supports ILGA-Europe's strategic thinking and research on issues such as leading and measuring social change. This includes communication linked to values and framing. Tools for enhancing peer learning processes and needs assessments for LGBTI organisations and groups have been one of the focuses for Valeria to develop.  Within these fields, Valeria also supports the ILGA-Europe team in their own capacity development. Also Valeria is leading the work on LGBTI community organising and organisational development, and planning processes. She develops and implements capacity building and grant-making activities for member organisations both on national and regional level. 


Valeria holds a BA and a MA in Political Science - Developing Studies. Between 2006 and 2009 she was an activist in the LGBT Italian organisation Arcigay at a national and local levels focusing specifically on women and gender issues and being responsible for the Arcigay women's network in 2007. In 2008 she entered the NGO Persefone further developing her competences in participatory approaches in the domain of education, research and campaigning and supporting both public institutions and other NGOs organisational and policy development.

Between 2008 and 2011 and again in 2013 she was a consultant of the Piemonte regional Equal Opportunities Department supporting the design and implementation of the regional anti-discrimination policy and developing research and training initiatives.

In 2012 and 2013 Valeria coordinated the LGBTI Resource Centre in Italy consolidating her background competences in capacity building, coalition building and advocacy.

Valeria joined ILGA-Europe in October 2013.