Work is her passion. She constantly tries to blaze new trails. She loves cross-sectoral and intergenerational activities that strengthen human rights and involve working with people who “want to want”. She’s an advocate of combining human rights education with historical education – experience shows that this approach works. She wants theory to be put into practice.
Since 2005, Monika has been involved in the development of the international Humanity in Action network, which led to the establishment of the Humanity in Action Poland Foundation, where she currently heads as its President of the Management Board and Managing Director. She initiates, creates and helps to carry out educational and activist projects in the framework of the foundation’s activities. She has many years of experience as a trainer, tutor and mentor in Poland and abroad. She gains immense satisfaction from the opportunity to give substantive support to activists in their social actions and to motivate them to take up challenges for social change.
She is the author of various publications and strategies for action at the interface between human rights and history. She is a graduate of the Institute of International Relations from the University of Warsaw and holds a Masters of European Integration from the joint program of the Warsaw School of Economics and Sciences Politiques Paris. She held a scholarship while at the Free University of Berlin and the Humboldt University in Berlin, and she also interned in the German Bundestag. Monika was an expert in the European program and created the migration program at the Center for International Relations. She was the secretary of the Polish-German Forum and also ran the anti-Human Trafficking project at the Warsaw office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Within the IOM research unit – Central European Migration Research Forum – worked on the migration policy of Poland and Germany and the anti-discrimination policy of Poland.
From 2005 to 2007, Monika was involved in researching Polish compliance under European Union directives regarding combating discrimination based on ethnic and racial origin, religion or belief, age, disability and sexual orientation. At the same time, she also acted as a national expert for the European network, financed by the European Commission, in the field of counteracting discrimination. Want to reach out to Monika Mazur-Rafał? Feel free to e-mail us.
Updated July 2019
More from Monika Mazur-Rafał
Interview with Humanity in Action Poland Chair Monika Mazur-Rafał on Halo Radio
Radio interview with Monika Mazur-Rafał, President of the Managing Board and Director of Humanity in Action Poland, where she discussed the state of civil society and democracy in current COVID-19 times and the importance of informed grassroots activism that for example the Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellowship and the Humanity in Action Fellowships support.
Thank you to our 2020 US Review and Admissions Committees
As every year, Humanity in Action received many applications for our Fellowships in Europe and Atlanta this year. We are so grateful to the dedicated Senior Fellows and friends who volunteered their time and energy in reading and reviewing applications.
HIA Polska at the III Congress on Civil Rights and the mini-festival of books on human rights
As many as 2,000 people attended the III Congress on Civil Rights organized by the Commissioner for Human Rights and OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)on December 13-14, 2019!
Humanity in Action Poland at the III Congress on Civil Rights
As many as 2,000 people attended the III Congress on Civil Rights organized by the Commissioner for Human Rights and OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) on December 13-14, 2019!
Humanity in Action Poland at "The Largest Minority - How to talk about Disability" Meeting
People with disabilities are the largest social minority in the world. They are also one of the most discriminated social groups. What can we do to change it?
Humanity in Action Poland releases "On People with Disabilities"
On the International Day for People with Disabilities, Humanity in Action Poland releases the latest installment of their human rights-focused book series "On People with Disabilities"
On People with Disabilities
What would happen if Hermione Granger was a girl with a disability? Why is disability is rarely discussed in terms of diversity? Who are people with disabilities?
Humanity in Action Poland at “Different. Equal. Important.” – Annual Congress of Libraries
In a sense, the Congress of Libraries is an annual festival for librarians as well as all communities cooperating with them. This year is guided by the motto “Different. Equal. Important” and, under the honorary patronage of the Ombudsman for Human Rights.
Conference & Action Academy on Projects against Antisemitism
From October 24-27, 2019, Humanity in Action hosted a Conference & Action Academy in Berlin to discuss and develop the most promising project proposals submitted in our latest Grant Competition, which was made possible due to the generous support from the Foundation EVZ.
Pilot Project "Impact Hub - Social Up! Actions for Change" Presented
Humanity in Action Poland's pilot project "Impact Hub - Social Up! Actions for Change" aims to fight hate speech.
On Refugees: Why all this hate?
Why all this hate? “On Refugees” („O Uchodźcach i Uchodźczyniach”) is another interactive book in our series! This time we write about refugees.
Hate Speech is on the Rise in Poland Podcast
2001 Amsterdam Senior Fellow Mark Goldberg joins Humanity in Action Poland National Director Monika Mazur-Rafał to discuss how hate speech and ethnic nationalism is on the rise in Poland, sparked by the Polish Senate passing a new law.
Interview with Monika Mazur-Rafał and Magda Szarota
Listen to Monika Mazur-Rafał, Chair of the Managing Board and Magda Szarota, Member of the Managing Board, describe a new educational project focusing on the rights of persons with disabilities.
Monika Mazur-Rafal Speaks About the Role of NGOs on Polish TV.
Watch the Director of Humanity in Action Poland, Monika Mazur-Rafal speak about the role of NGOs on Polish TV.