Meet your Roma neighbours
In this section you will find the portraits of Roma coming from different countries and with different backgrounds. We are still collecting the interviews; this page will be constantly updated. If you are a Roma and you would like to give us your contribution, send us your photo as well as a short biography or portrait to be published in this section: contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org
Natasa Tasic Knezevic - Roma can contribute to the society like anyone else
I wish for all Roma to be treated equally and with dignity. I especially wish that Roma children would have the same opportunities in life as other children to reach their full potential and to succeed. We Roma can contribute to the society like anyone else, but only if we have the same opportunities. Source: OSCE/ODIHR Roma Voices, International Roma Day 2013
Emir Selimi: The winner of the 2014 Raoul Wallenberg Prize
Emir Selimi, 31, moved to Sweden when he was eight years old from Serbia. As an adult he set up the Young Roma group which started up the first web-based Roma school and helps develop the Romany minority language.Selimi also lectures in schools and liaises with the police and local authorities to stamp out discrimination against the Roma community. The winner said he was humbled to receive the award which was established last year to coincide with Raoul Wallenberg Day on August 27th. "I strongly believe that every person can make a difference. You don't have to be a superhero to stop racism or the injustices that can affect anyone."Source
Our newest Roma woman interview features Bosnian activist, Aldijana Dedic.
"I will try to make the situation for Roma girls in Bosnia better, to be one of their peers (…) and show them my example, that its never to late to start faculty, to finish school, to be active, to do something to change the situation."
Listen to her inspirational words on our website, and don't forget to share this video
I have a hope! I believe in Roma inclusion!
Today, as a young intellectual Roma girl I want to talk about hope! Freedom! Respect! And share the other side of the story!
Today I have a hope! When I see the new Roma generation I have a hope. Hope for a better future for Roma. A future where all Roma will enjoy their human rights, a future where all Roma will be equal citizens in society.
I believe that positive stories about Roma should spread instead of the stereotypes...
Lola has graduated in Law and Masters of International law and international Relations.