Shayni Geffen

Operations Manager at The Women's Platform

I am curious about people, places and ideas. I thrive on meeting and deeply connecting with people from different walks of life.

ABOUT Shayni

Shayni grew up in Cape Town and studied Psychology and Gender Studies at the University of Cape Town. She has worked and volunteered at a range of community-based, civil society organisations in Cape Town. At present, Shayni is the Operations Manager of the Women's Platform at the Scalabrini Centre for Migrants and Refugees. She is deeply passionate about community building, women’s rights, and social justice.


  • Community Development

  • Skills Development

  • Women

Perceiving migration as an opportunity, the Scalabrini Centre is committed to alleviating poverty and promoting development in the Western Cape while fostering integration between migrants, refugees and South Africans. In providing our assistance we advocate respect for human rights and use a holistic approach that considers all basic needs.

Migrant women face specific challenges when it comes to integration into South Africa largely related to isolation and lack of social capital. The Women Platform is a multi-national network of women which shares opportunities and experiences and thereby transforming their lives to become self-sufficient, engaged members of South African society.