Born 1959 in Aarhus, Denmark. Lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, works in Europe
Helle Stenum is the Chairwoman for miXeurope, which works to prevent and counteract xenophobia and racism. miXeurope works with various events, training and courses, communication and debate, through various media and untraditional projects that create encounters between people across ethnicity, age, and so forth (see www.miXeurope.dk). She is the former Director of the Department for Minorities at Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke (The Danish Association for International Co-operation), where she worked for a five-year period until 2002, and she has sat on many of the now abolished Danish councils and boards for integration and ethnic equality. Within the framework of the Danish Association for International Co-operation, she initiated, among other things, Projekt Pigeliv (Project Girl Life) for ethnic minority girls, coordinated various networks (against the low integration benefits to refugees, among other things), and was coordinator of the event Friday Against Xenophobia in 2002. Presently, she teaches at Culture Encounter Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark, and also works as a freelance consultant on issues of integration and minorities. In addition to this, she sits as an advisor on the City of Copenhagen Council for Integration. Educationally, she a hybrid character: MA in Computer Science and Social Studies and, in addition to this, university studies in History, Comparative Literature, and Minority Studies. In the past, she has worked within such different areas as IT, organizational development, building development consultancy, and socio-political development, etc.
Contribution: Participates in the debate “Ethnic Intolerance – A New Danish Epidemic?” on Saturday, October 2, 2004, from 3 – 7 pm in Station 1: The Equestrian Hall, Aarhus.