The Woman behind Stella Enabling Education ….
If you would pair your name with one adjective that starts with the same letter as your name, what would this be?
Your childhood – What was it like?
I grew up in a Bavarian village close to lake Constance. During my childhood I was busily running over flower grassland, playing with farm animals and grappling with my two brothers and their friends.
When you close your eyes, what can you sense when taking the mental journey back to your childhood?
What stimulated my senses the most was the heat of summer sun that remained on my skin every time I had spent another day playing outside in the nature. And: the smell of freshly mowed meadow. To me, hay frequency is still the best perfume in the world.
What was your greatest dream at the age of sweet 16?
At the age of 16, I dreamed about leaving my village behind to explore the world. To understand better how the world works, to discover and to explore it, I traveled as often as my financial means allowed me to travel. I backpacked a lot, used the cheapest transportation, and slept in sleeping bags or in hammocks on beaches. The world has so much to offer.
You decided to study law. Was there any special reason for your decision?
This decision was clear to me even long before I had my A-levels in my pocket. During school I had already worked enthusiastically on a thesis about the German criminal law reform, in specific regarding marital rape (punishable since 1997). I wanted to learn more about justice and injustice. Especially, because being right does not automatically mean to get justice. For me law is full of life. Our life with all its possibilities is only enabled through the legal framework we live in. It gives us the liberty to speak, to demonstrate …. yes, not everything is perfect but isn’t this also a good thing? Like that, there is still space for improvement!
Why did you choose to found Stella Enabling Education?
I keenly packed my backpack during the university breaks and buzzed of to foreign places. Of course, I have been exposed to social challenges during my travel trips and asked myself: What determines whether I see the light of life in the mountain villages of the Himalayas, in a mud hut in southern Ethiopia or in an economically developed Germany, where I have more chances in life to become who I would like to become – is it by chance? Why are women composing the highest number of people in the world that have been suppressed for thousands of years? Why do they overall not recognize that they are conditioned (as being – wrongly –“inferior to men”) and why do many even transfer this wrong thinking to their daughters? Why do little girls often not get the same opportunities in life from their parents as their brothers? A lot of talk and no action was not what I wanted. I wanted to act. Therefore, I founded Stella Enabling Education.
What do you enjoy the most to relax?
I love to just hang out, doing absolutely nothing, no social media, no phone connection, and without any plan, but open to appreciate what comes next around the corner.