Abeer Abualnaja is 25 years old. She is originally from Palestine, but is currently based in Brussels, Belgium. She collaborates with JRS Europe as a volunteer through the European Solidarity Corps programme
If you had to say something that defines yourself, what would it be?
I am a passionate woman seeking freedom and equality.
What values matter more in your life?
I treasure tolerance, honesty, ambition, and equality.
How do you want to contribute to your community?
As an asylum seeker in Belgium, I want to have a positive impact on migrants and refugees. I want to make their voices and stories heard. On some occasions, I find myself representing them which is a heavy responsibility. Regardless, I am really enthusiastic and willing to do whatever it takes to help and support this community.
What is the change that you want/wish to see in Europe?
From my point of view, I noticed that refugees are not very well represented in the political, economic, social, and cultural life of Europe. I wish that with the efforts of many NGOs and European institutions I could advocate for more engagement for refugees in the decision-making process towards the issues that impact them. I believe that part of the solution is to give them the space to express themselves and be engaged in their community
Why do you think the work of JRS is relevant today?
I wholeheartedly believe that the chance of being part of JRS Europe will lead me eventually to my dream. JRS Europe has given me the opportunity to discover and experience this field deeply with high mentorship and an excellent work environment.
How does your work/activity contribute to the JRS mission?
I am volunteering with the Advocacy Officer, Claudia Bonamini. We focus mainly on advocating for refugees’ rights which is the core mission of JRS.
What does JRS mean to you?
JRS means a family that really cares about their members, an institution which fights and advocates for a worthy and fair cause, and a community where the members are professional and cooperative as well.