We are pleased to announce Pille Tsopp-Pagan as the new President of the Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) network and Marcella Pirrone as the new Vice-President.

Pille Tsopp-Pagan has been a WAVE Board member since October 2017 and she is also a board member of the Tartu Women’s Shelter, which she co-founded in 2002. At the time this was the first domestic violence shelter in the Baltics.

For the past seven years, she has served as its Executive Director, working to rebrand the organisation as the Women’s Support and Information Center (WSIC), a more internationally-oriented organization that participates in policy analysis and advocacy, research and education. In this role she has managed national and international projects supported by EU Justice, Erasmus and other funders. Furthermore, Pille has over 20 years of experience in financial management of both non-profit organisations and for-profit companies. She has managed the finances for dozens of international projects and for several large and small organizations.

Marcella Pirrone has been active in WAVE for 20 years a member of the WAVE Board since 2017. She is an Italian feminist lawyer and activist. Twenty eight years ago she co-founded the Merano and Bolzano women’s shelters and in 2012 the Italian NGO D.i.Re (Donne in Rete contro la violenza), the umbrella association representing 80 women-operated shelters throughout Italy. Until 2014, Marcella was a guest professor of Family and Criminal Law in the Social Work Faculty of the Free University of Bolzano, Italy. She has coordinated several international projects on violence against women (VAW) and violence in aged care. Along with her legal practice, Marcella provides training on VAW and violence in aged care for health and social service providers and workers. Marcella is the current Fiduciary Counsellor (Consigliera di Fiducia) for the public health system in Alto Adige and the Municipalities of Bolzano and Merano.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the former President Rosa Logar for her outstanding work and support for the WAVE Network. We are really pleased that Rosa Logar will continue, as a Board member, to play an important role in the WAVE Network, as she has done for the past 25 years. The former Vice President, Hilary Fisher, will also continue to support the WAVE Network as a Board member.