Elisa Dinu

Elisa Dinu is a young Roma feminist activist from Valea Seacă, Romania. She started her activism when she was only 14 years old, getting involved in the activities of E-Romnja – the Association for the Promotion of Roma Women’s Rights in her community. Since 2016, Elisa has been coordinating the group of young Roma girls and boys in her community. She organizes local street activities on violence against women, Roma pride and has also coordinated a campaign against harassment of girls in her village. Elisa loves writing and directing plays. She has written and directed plays for her village youth group on discrimination against Roma girls at school and Roma slavery. Elisa is the author of the article “Slavery may have ended 166 years ago, but I can still see the hatred today” published in 2021 as part of a project called The Way of the Land, initiated by DoR.

Georgiana Oprea 

Georgiana Oprea, is 31 years old, Roma woman from Romania. She have been living in Spain for 17 years. Georgiana considers herself an empathetic and altruistic person because she likes to help and defend her community. Romani is her first language and she works as a Community Based Health Agent and as a health and intercultural mediator.

Dr. Justyna Matkowska

Dr. Justyna Matkowska earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wroclaw, with an academic background that includes an MA and BA in Literary Studies, also from the University of Wroclaw. She completed the Postgraduate Romani Studies Program at the Pedagogical University of Krakow in Poland. She has received research grants from institutions, including the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) and the Central European University. Dr. Matkowska has contributed her expertise as a researcher to the “Re-Thinking Roma Resistance” project at the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture. Currently, she serves as a postdoctoral researcher at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, and as adjunct faculty at the University at Albany, State University of New York, in the United States. Her ongoing research explores topics such as the Romani Genocide, race and ethnicity, cultural memory, and representation.

Milena Reljić

Milena Reljić graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Nis, and acquired the title of psychologist. In 2021 she was engaged in the Social and Economic Justice program at the Open Society Foundation where she worked on topics of leadership, strategic planning, research, and public advocacy with an emphasis on creating strategies for political inclusion. She also lead a team of researchers in conducting relevant research, and creating policy proposals. Moreover, she contributed to the development of initiatives aimed for the Roma community, on inclusion, and self-organization. During her position at the European Roma Rights Center she had an opportunity to contribute with her writing skills by publishing articles in order to fight hate speech against Roma. Milena has been also part of the Romani Women Leadership academy organised by Roma Initiative Office with an aim of empowering women in leadership positions.
Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as a psychological assistant in high school, being a professional advisor, associate on the Human Rights Committee. She also managed a research team in the ORS movement, participated and implemented UNDP initiatives, and attended seminars and conferences in Serbia on the topic of marginalized groups and psychology.

Pepi Fernández Camacho

Pepi Fernández Camacho is 37 years old, Roma feminist from Spain fighting for Roma rights, especially Roma women rights. Pepi is a social worker and she holds a Master in Gender Studies in the branch of feminist research by the Complutense University of Madrid.
‘’My greatest privilege is to be a Roma woman and daughter of my mother and father. I can’t stand injustice and above all I choose sincerity.’’

Amdrita Jakupi 

Amdrita Jakupi, 34 years, is a systemic trauma therapist and psychological consultant. She works with refugees and traumatized women and children in Cologne-Porz. In 2020, Amdrita co-founded the non-profit association „save space e.V.“ in Cologne. A platform focused on intersectionality, inclusion, empowerment, trauma-informed education and healing work for people affected by structural oppression and systemic discrimination, e.g. racism, sexism, classism, ableism.  Amdrita has written essays on the topic of “Post-Traumatic Growth and Transgenerative Emotional Inheritances” and works with the Romani initiatives like Iniromnja and association like Romaniphen and German-Jewish association „Amcha e.V.“ in Berlin. Amdrita Jakupi is a member of the Expert Panel on „(Post)-Colonial Heritage of the City of Cologne“ and the community initiative „AnKoRa“ (Anti-Kolonialer-Raum). Since August 2023, Amdrita is part of the constituent advisory board of the commissioner of the federal government against Antigypsyism and for the life of Sinti* and Roma*. In addition to her psycho-social and political work, Amdrita is above all an artist and part of the „Atelier V11“, an art studio in Cologne. Painting is the original expression and creative outlet of her art of survival.