Jessika completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands. During this time she also completed an Interdisciplinary Minor at the University of Lisbon with emphasis on Education, Sociology and Gender Studies. In 2014, she started a Master of Science at the Interdisciplinary Social Science Department at the Utrecht University on Social Policies and Social Interventions. She is especially involved with policies on gender equality, such as egalitarian parental leave provisions and women’s labour market activation.
Jessika worked as an intern in Sonke’s Children’s Rights & Positive Parenting Unit while writing her Masters Thesis on the effects of paternity leave in South Africa. More specifically, her research focusses on its impact on father’s involvement in unpaid care work and the benefits children gain from it.