“WE ARE HERE!” is the title of the five-year transnational educational programme against antigypsyism by RomaTrial e.V.. But who are “we” anyway?
Our project wants to create a new understanding of “we”. Due to experiences with (the) antigypsyism, far too many Roma* and Sinti* in Germany know what it means to be excluded from the “we”. Many hide their identity, do not feel safe in society, in school and at work. This must finally come to an end!
Within my family environment, I was born in Romania, antigypsyism was the first racism that I learnt as a small child and that was clearly felt throughout society. In the course of my politicisation, I developed a historical and social interest in how National Socialism came about, what its social preconditions were and how it continues to shape or society at various levels to this day. So far, I have worked in the field of political education with young people and multipliers as well as in memorial education at former sites of persecution.
The "We are here!" project is a wonderful opportunity for me to support people from the affected community with my knowledge and experience in an empowering setting.
It is simply the best feeling to experience the teenagers and young adults on stage, as speakers in front of political decision-makers or as workshop leaders with the peer group!
… from RomaTrial e.V., a transcultural self-organisation of Roma* and non-Roma*. Since 2012, we have been fighting against antigypsyism and for new spaces in society to amplify voices of Roma* and Sinti*.
… young committed Roma* and Sinti* from Berlin, Brandenburg and Saxony who are trained as peer trainers against antigypsyism as part of the project. We are multipliers who work in (extra-)school education. We address other young people on the topics of antigypsyism and other (or “further”, then “other(s)” does not come twice) forms of discrimination. We make the invisible visible, confront others with it and claim our place in society, our rights and our freedom.
We bring a lot of theoretical and practical knowledge that we want to share. We are curious about you, your experiences and your knowledge. Share it with us!
Who are you?