The ERGO Network Secretariat team is growing and we welcome a new member of our Team – Martina Horváthová as the Network and Programme Coordinator.
Martina will focus on maintaining and strengthening the ERGO Network, building the capacity of ERGO Network members and empowering Roma youth and activists.
Here is more about Martina in her own words:
Living near Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, I joined the ERGO Network team in January 2023. Since 2002 I have been active in the empowerment of Roma, especially Roma women and Roma youth, as programme manager in an NGO. Last four years I worked as a desk officer in the Czech National Agency for the Erasmus+ programme. I am happy to say that I succeeded to attract more organisations working with youngsters with fewer opportunities including Roma youth to apply for Erasmus+ grants.
For five years I was member of the Governmental Council for Roma Minority Affairs proposing, in cooperation with others, solutions on Roma integration to the government from the position on active Roma citizen. During this time several big changes and important steps in terms of the fight against antigypsyism and for the Roma integration were undertaken.
Besides the Roma issues, my professional life is also connected very tightly to topics ad adult education, support of participation, inclusion, gender equality, and NGOs management and fundraising.
For me the best way how to relax is cooking and baking. Time to time I love to travel and explore landmarks and contemporary life of different (not only) European cities. I am always ready to see good theatre piece and living close to Prague is ideal for such cultural enjoyment.
I often go to the forest countryside and forests anyway, love picking mushrooms (as almost all Czech people). I love to look at and touch the sea. At home I take care, together with my parents and brothers, of a cat. And I also take care of boyfriend and time to time of his son.