Marijana Grandits started her engagement for human rights already as a student, fighting for minority rights and the right to development for the Global South. Having served as a former Green deputy to the Austrian National Council (Nationalrat) Marijana Grandits is now a member of a regional commission at the Ombudsman Board in Vienna (Volksanwaltschaft) and a dedicated human rights consultant. As an educator Marijana Grandits raises human rights awareness through her lectures both in the Viennese and Venetian academic environments. Between 2000 and 2012 Marijana Grandits was a member of the Human Rights Commission at the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Marijana Grandits has been an expert in Twinning Projects for Human Rights in Turkey, Croatia and BiH as well as a consultant for the United Nations Economic and Social Council and for a variety of other organisations. As a director of the Working Table on Democratisation and Human Rights, Marijana Grandits was previously involved in the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe. She was a founder of the Verona Forum, an initiative for peace and reconciliation in former YU and she has been supporting a peace project in Srebrenica with the Alexander Langer Foundation. Her commitment for gender equality has been going on for several decades now; mainly implemented in different active roles at the Kosmos Theater in Vienna.