Sylwia is a social activist and feminist social entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of the initiative (and now foundation) MamyGlos, which promotes women’s rights, cultures and histories, with which she continues to implement new projects – from self-defense and body-positivity courses to organizing a psychological consultation network.S
While being a student of English philology and intercultural communication, Sylwia has published several articles on national identity, focusing primarily on the example of Israel and Palestine, where she spent a total of two years on scholarships or volunteering. Having graduated from the 2014 Humanity in Action Poland Academy in Warsaw, Sylwia has volunteered in refugee camps, created an interactive book on the history and culture of Jews, produced a short documentary on migration, designed several educational games and developed an innovative solution for a coding and learning support system for unemployed youths.
For Humanity in Action Poland, Sylwia ran the Academy of Human Rights and Civic Activity (2017), co-creates the curriculum and co-runs the School of Action, a social entrepreneurship program for human rights activists that combines solutions from various fields (ie. chatbots, interactive books) to promote human rights and counteract hate speech.
Sylwia’s activities have been recognized by the following distinctions: Schwarzkopf Stiftung scholar (2015), Ashoka Changemaker (2016), the DO School Fellow (2017), Laureate Global Fellow (2017), Learn IT scholar (2017), Google Developer Challenge Scholar (2017). Want to reach out to Sylwia Vargas? Feel free to e-mail.
Updated July 2019
More from Sylwia Vargas
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?
From A to Z on LGBTQIAP
Humanity in Action Senior Fellows Gosia Kot and Sylwia Vargas teamed up with activists across Poland to author an interactive book on LGBTQIA+ rights, definitions, and histories.
10 Books on Sexuality for the Holidays
Humanity in Action Senior Fellows Sylwia Vargas and Gosia Kot, among others, had their book on LGBTQIAP issues and definitions featured in Vogue Poland.
Thank you to our 2019 US Review and Admissions Committees
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Thank you to our 2018 US Review and Admissions Committees
12 Senior Fellows on #MeToo's International Impact
Twelve Senior Fellows reflect on how the #MeToo Movement has gained momentum across European and US industries and communities.
90% of Poles have never met a Jew and yet, myths of the Jewish people has recently contributed to increased anti-Semitic violence in Poland. This interactive book tackles the first step: demystifying who Jews are.
#GirlPowerAcademy is a project launched by #MamyGlos, which sought to educate and empower Polish girls to stand up, and to speak up regarding feminism and female empowerment.
2014 Warsaw Fellowship Blog
During the 2014 Warsaw Fellowship, our Fellows wrote daily blogs of their experiences during the Fellowship. Read their reflections here.
#MeToo Under the Threat of Nationalism