Reimagining intersectional feminist futures requires reflection, open dialogue, and an understanding of how our social, cultural and political contexts weave together and shape our society. To genuinely embody feminist solidarity as a practice, we need to challenge the systems of oppression that inhibit our exploration of different pathways to liberation.
Roma people are the largest ethnic minority in Europe, but the lack of knowledge about their culture and traditions has paved the way for widespread stereotypes and an overly romanticized image of Roma’s way of life, obscuring the gruesome realities that Roma have had to endure throughout the centuries. This ignorance has also fueled hatred, racism and discrimination, which is still prevalent today.
Despite the systemically imposed barriers to keep them at the margins, Roma feminist organizers are still the main source of support and care to the Roma communities. For the past 4 years, FRIDA has been researching and collecting the stories of Roma women and LGBTQIA+ people’s organizing and resistance. We are so excited to share these stories of resilience and survival with the FRIDA Community!