She was nominated with other well-known Norwegian finalists; Else Kåss Furuseth, Kim Friele, Lan Marie Nguyen Berg, Mia Landsem and Rita Vindholmen. However, her courageous and life-changing work for people who have fled their homes and are stuck in refugee camps in Greece gave her the award – the bravest woman of the year 2018.
“The mother of five reacted spontaneously when she saw the flow of boat refugees to Greece in 2015. She took a leave of absence from work and traveled to Greece to help. Now – three years later – she runs the Norwegian NGO “A Drop in the Ocean. “What started as a small Facebook group has now evolved into an organisation which has had 5000 volunteers in Greece, from all over the world” – Tara Magazine
I have not even prepared a thank you speech, I never thought it would be me. I’m very happy, but this is not just my award, there are so many who have dropped everything they had in their hands and helped establish this new Norwegian NGO. I also hope that the price can help to focus on women on the run. And then I have to thank my family – I went to Greece for three days and came home as a completely different person.Trude Jacobsen
Press coverage “The bravest woman of the year 2018”:
She became the bravest woman of the year 2018: https://tara.no/arets-modigste-kvinne/arets-modigste-kvinne-2018
Here are the finalists of the bravest woman of the year: https://tara.no/arets-modigste-kvinne/finalists-arets-mostest-kvinne