Oana Băluță

Well-behaved women rarely make history.

‘I would definitely name organising the 2011 protest in front of Romanian Parliament on the 25th of November to push our MPs to pass a law including the order of protection. It was a large protest organised by three NGOs; at that time I was the President of the NGO initiating the protest. This action, together with other advocacy activities and a media campaign, finally led one year later to the inclusion of the order of protection in Romanian legislation. That protest is an action to remember because many other NGOs supported it – human rights NGOs, Roma, LGBT, NGOs focusing on good governance, etc.’

Oana Băluţă is an Associate Professor for the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies at the University of Bucharest, where she teaches Introduction to Political Theory; Contemporary Political Ideologies; Gender and Politics; and Introduction into Mass Media Systems. She also works for the Gender, Minorities and Political Studies department, part of the Faculty of Political Science (National School for Political Studies and Public Administration), where she teaches Gender, Minorities and Political Representation.

Oana Băluţă is a researcher and renowned writer in the field of gender equality. She has had books published on feminism, work-life balance policies, political participation, representation of women, impact of economic crisis on women, gender political interests and more. Major publications on these topics include: Reflexive Modern Feminism (author, 2013); Women’s Social Exclusion and Feminisms: Living in Parallel Worlds (co-author year?); Gendering Transition: Studies of Changing Gender Perspectives from Easter Europe, Publishing House LIT Verlag Vienna, Münster, Berlin, London (co-author); Gender and Political Interests (2008, co-author); Equal Partners. Equal Competitors (2007, coordinator); Gender and Daily Life (2007, co-author) and Gender and Power. Lion’s Share in Romanian Politics (editor, 2006).

Oana Băluţă is a feminist activist publicly embracing her roles in both academia and activism. She not only advocates for political representation of women’s interests in her classes and through her research papers, but was also for eight years the President of a very active feminist Romanian NGO, FILIA Centre. In fact, Oana Băluţă is one of the most visible women protesting and campaigning on behalf of women’s rights. For her constant support of women’s rights, Romanian magazine Avantaje awarded Oana Băluţă its ‘Woman of the Year 2012’ Award for advocacy and preventing violence against women.