Kata Kevehazi founded the JOL-LET (WELL-BEING) Foundation in 2002 with the objective of eliminating discrimination against women on the labour market. Since the organization has been producing outstanding results f.e. in promoting gender equality, dual parenting, family-friendly employment, dual parenting. She is a policy officer of Hungarian Women’s Lobby, Former board member of the European Women’s Lobby, which is the umbrella organization constituting the pool for the most prominent feminist NGO’s, operating alongside the European Parliament. She is an expert of women’s employment, entrepreneurship, gender stereotypes and media. She is working as an advisor and trainer in different spheres. She holds a MA in economics from University of Economics of Budapest and postgraduate degree in management studies from Copernic Management Program (Paris). Now she is a PHD student of Obuda University in Budapest, writing her dissertation about the gender dimension of global issues. Member of numerous expert groups, f.e. of the Group of Feminist Economists of the European Women’s Lobby, of the Action 2020 Group organised by the Business Counsil for Sustainable Development of Hungary. She is a promoter or supporting member of different other initiatives, f.e. Onebillion Rising in Hungary, and Spiritual feminism.
Co-Founder & CEO, MagikMe
Eszter?s second son, ?ron, was six months old when the family learned he was suffering from epilepsy. It was a turning point in her life. She not only had to see him suffer from countless seizures, but also had to face open discrimination. Even though she came from an educated family, she was not equipped to prevent the heartbreaking experience of seeing other children simply leaving ?ron out of the fun at the playground, and consequently missing out the first stage of socialization in his life. That?s the reason of establishing MagikMe
She has experienced how her non-disabled son had learned to play together with his disabled sibling while also seeing ?ron?s kindergarten peers learn and enjoy playing together with him. These profound observations led her to start her work towards integrated communities. Over the past years, she managed to spread her message nation-wide and beyond Hungary?s borders.
Eszter uses playgrounds as a means of building community and turning segregated kindergartens into inclusive places where disabled and non-disabled children can play together, helping both develop into more emphatic, cooperative and tolerant adults.
Aspiring to alleviate social exclusion experienced by families with young disabled children, Eszter co-founded MagikMe, a social venture engaged in the production of inclusive playground equipment, the development and support of local communities, as well as in working with kindergarten teacher training institutions to spread the necessary tools and know-how for inclusive kindergartens.
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