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Fatima Bergendahl

Stockholm, 27.09.2015

"Every woman has to decide alone by herself if she wants to work outside the house. It’s not like five hundred years ago, now we are in the 2000s. Here everybody can go to school, not just stay at our towns, cook for our family, and be with the kids. If we want our kids to have better future, me as a mother I think that every woman should go to school."

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Marsela Taho
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Figen Kelemer
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Fatima Haliti
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Sebijan Fejzula
We should also go inside the communities and to ask those women what they really want and what are their problems.

Nersida Arapi
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Rosa Taikon
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Georgia Vusdea
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Gabriela Petre
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Sebijan Fejzula
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Erzsébet Gulyás
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Fanni Gurbai
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Roxána Rácz
Our role is being emphasised and this is interesting and feels right.

Leila A. Balázs
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Blanka Kozma
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Varga Szamanta Judit
I plan to have a diploma and become a journalist. But I also really want to make films. My main goal is to show a society in which origin is not important.

Anina Ciuciu
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Elvira Hasan
I think it’s very important for the Roma people to work on their identity, to improve their competencies, as soon as we are integrated, as we have a job, we are independent, and everything is given to feel good. There is no reason to lie to ourselves, and to tell ourselves that we have another identity. We are Roma, and it involves many positive things.

Teodora Nuraj
When you are born and you are especially Roma, then you need to know one thing: that life brings you every day and every time –no matter how old are you, no matter what are you working or what are you studying – you need to prove yourself every day and to everyone. (...) First of all that they need to believe in themselves.

Jasmina Ahmetaj
We are in a long journey, and you you should notice that we are all together. We should be proud because we are so many, and I think the journey is going to be beautiful....It’s difficult, it’s hard, but everyday when you see young people they have interests, they have power in them to learn something, to share the knowledge, you know that you are in a right way.

Cara Ramona
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Natalia Duminica
Empower all the women not to stay home and to do something in the house, but to go, to be active, to participate in public life, to work, to show that they are also humans, and they can be a part of the society.

Stefka Blagoeva
I am educated, I learn, I can communicate with different people, but that does not make me a different person, it does not make me forget my society and where I come from.

Cătălina Drăgan
You have to fight for your children, but not only take care of them, care about their food or laundry. You have to fight for their future to have a better life.

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Bódi Barbara
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Mihaela Dragan
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Carmen Gheorghe
Roma women are not powerless or low in self-esteem. They are simply never asked: What do you want? How do you see things?


Czutor Veronika
When I was in the University my teachers were very surprised when I introduced myself: "I`m a Roma girl" and they just said, maybe, yes, but why is it relevant? Because for me it's very important, I'm a Roma girl and I am here in the university, even it's more important if I am the only one to show to the others, this is what I can do and I am not different, and I don't need different treatment. Because I can also learn what they can!

Anca Mezei
Go back to the communities you come from, and help the ones around you, especially the children.

Marcela Adamova
I just believe that one day will come when men will recognize us as their equal partners.

Mimmi Demitri von Pezold
It’s very nice to keep your identity as a Roma, and I think that is very important, but obviously that is not everything, you are composed of so many different identities, maybe get aware of them and use the.

Selma Idrizi
There are still big issues because it is not normal to see appearances of traditional Roma women, in modern society.

Aldijana Dedic
We are existing, and we are human beings, like anybody else.

Denisa Psenickova
Denisa, a single Roma mother who moved to the UK from Czech Republic in 2004, had her first job in Great Britain as a cleaner. Today she is a qualified lawyer.

Káté Dóra
What I learned here is what it means to be Roma. I didn’t know anything, I knew I was Roma, and that’s all. But what being Roma means, the habits and traditions we have, I had no idea about it.

Csömör Szabina
I see the girls here, how intelligent they are, how much they can give from themselves thanks to education and it really makes me wonder if maybe it is not that hard.

Diana Horvath
What I learned here, I can share with my family and friends, and I can raise my voice if anyone has a problem with the Roma.

Soraya Post
I am scared not because of the right wing, I am scared because of the silence.

Sara Giménez
Roma women have the same barriers as all women have, because of being a woman, but especially the internal barriers, because we have certain internal roles pre-established which make it harder.

María del Carmen Cortés Amador
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Karolína Horváthová
Maybe it’s foolish, but my dream is to eliminate segregation in education.

Karolina Mirga
As Roma women, we always played a very crucial role in our community, and we still do so. I think now we even turn to a different level, we are not only becoming home-makers,but we are the educators of our children, we are the educators of the mainstream society.

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