Christina Christoforou Livani
Christina grew up in the Greek island of Zakynthos and at age 18 she moved to Athens to study and finally graduate from the Athens University of Economics and Business. That journey revealed parts of who she is to herself, and how people in diverse and minority groups are discriminated against. Among other interests, she loves travelling and colorful, unique people. Her passion for equality, mutual understanding and respect among and within different people and communities led her to become more active in civil society. Focusing on deconstructing stereotypes and prejudices, Christina works to build a fairer world for everyone in which no-one is left behind. In order to make this world more inclusive, in order for everyone to be seen and not be excluded, cultural initiatives can be a tool to take down the walls that separate us.
The START fellowship program was never ‘just another project’ for Christina, but an opportunity to work and coexist with people carrying so many different cultural baggages. Her aim is to empower and motivate people to search of their identity, honesty and acceptance, not only in the relationships they build with others but also in themselves. Her vision is a world free from all the oppressive social norms, the stereotypes…and the walls.