I am Dr Ivana Radačić, legal academic, women’s rights expert, body-oriented therapist, conscious dance and Kundalini yoga practitioner.
I have always had a wide range of interests, a big passion for life and the desire to contribute to a more just world. My curious mind, combined with activist gut, lead me to undertaking PhD studies in women’s rights (awarded in 2008 by the University of London).
I have been researching, teaching and doing trainings in the area of feminism; women’s rights; gender, sexuality and law for 15 years. I am a senior scientific adviser at Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences, Zagreb, and a part-time lecturer at different universities. You can access my bibliography here.
I am also a member of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls group of five independent experts established by the Human Rights Council to set the standards on women’s rights, through issuing thematic reports, conducting country visits and responding to the complaints. Humbled with an opportunity to meet women and girls around the world, I am committed to raising visibility of their problems, as well as their strengths and contributions to the world. For more information visit the UN website or our Facebook page.
I am committed to the empowerment of women, and I believe that the social change starts with individual change. While the political, cultural and socio-legal environment influences the individual well-being, our internal processes impact our (experience of) reality.
I hence find it important not only to research the outer but also my inner world, and I love supporting others on that journey.
In 2019 I finished a four-year body-oriented psychotherapy training, a holistic approach which looks at all levels of human existence – body, emotions, mind, soul – and uses different techniques of expression of emotions through body. I also finished Kundalini dance facilitator training and am currently undertaking Kundalini yoga teacher training. Moreover, I have been dancing 5 rhythms dance for more than 15 years and have explored other modalities of conscious dance and personal development. I also love expressing myself through music with others. I play cello and African djembe.
In the last few years I have started utilising these practices to support others on their journey of self-development. I love doing workshops on exploration of feminine archetypes through dance, sound, breath and sharing stories. I am particularly happy to offer these types of workshops to human rights activists, who often hold a lot on their shoulders.
I believe the world needs feminine energy to rise and my aim is to support it through everything I do. I see these transformational times as an opportunity for balancing feminine and masculine principles and creating more just society.
Feel free to get in touch with me if you think I could support you or your organisations, or if you think we could collaborate together.
Photos by Filip Hlupic.