Meet Martina

Martina Continisio is 26 years old. She is from Italy but currently lives in Belgium. She supports JRS Europe in advocacy and communications as a European Solidarity Corps volunteer

If you had to say something that defines yourself, what would it be?

I would define myself as a persevering and caring person, with a strong sense of justice.

What values matter more in your life?

Kindness, honesty and integrity.

How do you want to contribute to your community?

I want to advocate for the respect of human rights and the environment, while doing my best to give a hand to help or an ear to listen to those in need around me.

What is the change that you want/wish to see in Europe?

In the coming years, I would like to see more Europeans open to different issues by using critical thinking and empathy. The Europe I want to see is greener, embraces diversity and makes migration and multiculturalism an opportunity for growth and improvement.

Why do you think the work of JRS is relevant today?

I believe what can really make a difference in the life of people is to support them but also to empower them, by offering opportunities and perspectives for the future. And I believe that this is what JRS does for all forcibly displaced people: JRS accompanies and serves them during dark times, but also works to change the status quo and to provide for them opportunities in the present as well as in the future.

How does your work/activity contribute to JRS mission?

I contribute to the advocacy and communication work of JRS Europe, which aims at having a concrete and positive impact on both the policymakers and society.

What does JRS mean to you?

JRS means caring. On a personal level, it gives me the opportunity to work towards what I stand for