Yanka Krumova Takeva
Yanka Krumova Takeva has spent many years working towards improving the lives of women and children in a variety of capacities. She has worked as a teacher, a trade unionist, and as director of an orphanage, maintaining strong networks with these groups. This commitment continues today, and is reflected in her involvement across a vast range of current roles. She is a member of the ESC Standing Commission on International Affairs and European Integration, and also a member of the National Council for Child Protection. She is also Chair of the Public Women's Parliament, and, the National Commission for Work with Women, Youth, Children and Family. She was specifically nominated in the latter role, by the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions.
As a result of her contributions to Bulgarian society, YankaKrumova Takevahas been honoured with several awards. She holds the St. St. Kiril i Metodii First Order Medal - the highest award in Bulgaria. She was declared Woman of the year 2000, and Woman of the year in Education 2008, by the American Biographical Institute, USA. She was awarded the, Business Lady of the 2012, in honour of her social and public activities. In 2009, she was awarded a certificate for, Protecting dignity of women in the workplace - Decent work to confront the crisis.
In 2011, in partnership with the Bulgarian Ministry of Education, YankaKrumova Takevahas overseen a brand new initiative. This has been accomplished as part of her role with the Union of the Bulgarian Teachers (UBT). She has ensured that school children are to be taught about their labour and insurance rights by their class teachers. The project is known as My first work place.
Yanka Takeva said that the idea for the project came from the world campaign for reduction of children’s labour exploitation since, “around 50 000 children in Bulgaria are exploited by different employers”. The UBT has prepared a handbook for the 12th grade teachers called “My first work place”, which they will use to teach the children.