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Sylwia Vargas

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

From A to Z on LGBTQIAP

Knowledge | Publication | July 2019

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

NEWS | Poland | 07 July 2019

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

NEWS | USA | 02 April 2019

Senior Fellows Raise $40,220.50 for Giving Campaign

NEWS | USA | 18 January 2019

Thank you to our 2018 US Review and Admissions Committees

NEWS | USA | 03 April 2018

12 Senior Fellows on #MeToo's International Impact

NEWS | International | 02 February 2018

Twelve Senior Fellows reflect on how the #MeToo Movement has gained momentum across European and US industries and communities.
About Jews

Knowledge | Publication | November 2016

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.

Action Project | 2015

#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

NEWS | Poland | 27 May 2014

During the 2014 Warsaw Fellowship, our Fellows wrote daily blogs of their experiences during the Fellowship. Read their reflections here.

Knowledge | Publication

#MeToo Under the Threat of Nationalism

Knowledge | Article