Ms Lilyana Kovacheva from Bulgaria defended her Ph.D. in the field of Ethnology. Her Supervisor is Prof. Elena Marushiakova and the title of the dissertation is "Family and Calendar holidays of Roma from Central and West Bulgaria". Lilyana Kovacheva is the first Roma women with Ph.D. in the history of Bulgarian Roma. Known for her work in Europe as an educator, with her dissertation Ms Lilyana Kovacheva contributes to the ethnology of Roma in Bulgaria.
"Although we are two barely educated Roma women living in quite bad conditions, we dared to ask to be recognised as a same-sex family and, when resettled, to be granted one social housing unit where we will be living together."(Maria, 28, Serbia) You can read the life story of Maria and other young LGBT Roma in "Barabaripen. Young Roma speak about multiple discrimination". Many young Roma are affected by multiple discrimination because of their ethnicity and other grounds such as social status, sexual orientation or gender identity, gender or migrant status.
The Helsinki Documentary Film Festival DocPoint, one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the Nordic countries, brought a host of international directors to Helsinki for its opening on Janaury 27. Among them is Agnieszka Zwiefka, whose film ‘Queen of Silence’ gives access to the lives of the Roma, one of the most discriminated against people in Europe. <?xml:namespace prefix = o /> DocPoint features over 160 films, with subjects ranging from climate change to alcoholism and falling in love.