Carmen Gheorghe

Carmen Gheorghe is a Roma feminist, activist and scholar. She holds a PhD since 2014 in Political Science on standpoint feminism, addressing Roma women and politics of identities. She has been engaged in civil society for the last 21 years and her main work was focused on roma women and girls rights through grassroots work, community development, gender issues, intersectionality, politics of identity, gender based violence and reproductive justice. She is the co-founder of E-Romnja Association, a Roma feminist NGO in Romania who’s building a new narrative about Roma girls and women in Romania. She was also co/author for articles about Roma feminism, anti-racism for social justice, intersectionality and labour market published in Polirom, Routledge UK, Hecate or Cutra. Since 2018 she is teaches an academic course on Roma feminism and politics of identity at National School for Political and Administrative Studies and Bucharest University. She is an Ashoka Fellow and was awarded by US Department of State in 2022 as one of the 12 Women of Courage in the World.

Ionela Pădure

Ionela Pădure is a 35 years old Roma woman coming from Romania, with a BA in Social Work and a MA in Educational Management, currently PhD student at the National Institute of Oriental Languages ​​and Civilizations in Paris and founding member of the Popular Research and Documentation Center NGO.
Roma rights activist with a focus on the right to education since 2005, has participated in various projects and educational programs implemented at national and international level, which had as direct beneficiaries young Roma.
He has a rich experience as a trainer in thematic courses and workshops on Roma culture and civilization for an audience composed mainly of teachers and local actors, both at national level and abroad, skills developed also from the Roma language and civilization BA program graduated in Paris.
Ionela Padure is the co-author of a book on the representation of the Roma, over time, in photography, a book published in the context of the exhibition “Mondes Tsiganes – une histoire photographique 1860-1980”, under the auspices of the Immigration Museum in Paris. Her contribution addresses the theme of the Roma image in literature, music and fine arts, combining the theoretical part of the specialised literature with the experience of her own representation.

Dr. Margareta (Magda) Matache

Dr. Margareta (Magda) Matache is a Lecturer on Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the co-founder and Director of the Roma Program at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University. She is also a member of the O’Neill-Lancet Commission on Racism, Structural Discrimination and Global Health. Dr. Matache’s research and teaching focus on the manifestations and impacts of racism and other systems of oppression in different geographical and political contexts. Her research examines discrimination, reparations, social determinants of health—including education and social and economic disparities—and their nexus with the historical past and contemporary public policies, with a particular focus on anti-Roma racism.

Sandra Carmona

Sandra Carmona is an Illustrator and Educator. She studied at the University of Malaga, Spain and at the School of Art of San Telmo, Spain.
In 2019 she created the publishing house Altramuz, where she publishes works in which diversity is shown from within, and in which Roma works have a great visibility. She has published, among other books, the children’s story “Alma”, the first story published in Spain where the main character is a Roma girl and where the diverse reality of the Roma people is shown.
As an illustrator, she works with publishers and social entities at a national level.
As an educator, she works with women at risk of social exclusion and uses creativity as an empowering tool. She is an activist for the rights of the Roma people and for the rights of LGTBIQ people.

Sebijan Fejzula

In the last 6 years Sebijan Fejzula served as a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies in the project POLÍTICS- the politics of anti-racism in Europe and Latin America: knowledge production, decision-making and collective struggles and concurrently pursues a Ph.D. in Human Rights in Contemporary Society at the University of Coimbra. She assumes the role of co-editor for the book titled “State Racism: A Collective View from the Perspective of Autonomy and Racial Justice” (2023) and boasts authorship of several articles, including: “Re-thinking Romani Genocide: Political-Analytical Considerations Regarding Roma Suffering in Current Democratic Societies” (2023); “De-Whitening of Romani Women’s Intersectional Experience” (forthcoming); “Anti-Roma Racism, Social Work, and the White Civilisatory Mission” (2022); “The Anti-Roma Europe: Modern Ways of Disciplining the Roma Body in Urban Spaces” (2019); among others. Furthermore, Sebijan stands as a co-founding member of Kale Amenge (Roma for Ourselves), an independent anti-racist Roma political organization dedicated to advancing the collective emancipation of the Roma people and the establishment of Roma political autonomy.