Mina Wikshåland Skouen

Email: [email protected]Phone: +47 90 82 50 76

Mina coordinates our equal rights efforts, which includes our policy work and programs to combat discrimination and promote equal rights for all. 

This means working to combat homophobic and transphobic violence, threats and discrimination and achieve fundamental freedoms, security and dignity for groups that are particularly at risk of being exposed to human rights violations.

LGBTI is among the most vulnerable groups in all the countries we work in. Mina has been a driving force in establishing support and networks with activists and organizations in many countries. Today LGBTI is part of our focus everywhere we work.

“Some people claim that not all countries are ready for LGBTI-rights yet. But gross human rights violations are happening right now. Therefore, we cannot wait but must fight now for the right to be who we are and to love whomever we want.”

We also work with women’s rights – for protection against gender-based violence and discrimination, and with ethnic, religious and belief minorities.

Mina has worked with us since 2007, first as an adviser for the Western Balkans and with human rights education. She has a background as a documentarist, freelance journalist and in the field of prevention of violence in close relationships. She has also worked with single minor asylum seekers.

Mina graduated Comparative Literature from Oslo University with focus on Western Balkan- and Middle Eastern studies, and have Master studies in Democracy building at Bergen University. She speaks Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian and while she can easily follow a Russian speaking conference without translation, somehow still can never manage to get her coffee order right.

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