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“Unfolding human agency: The case of grassroots Romani women” will focus on the intersectionality, Roma women and gender.

Abstract: The EU recognizes that Roma is the most marginalized cultural community in Europe. The Roma issues are also marginalized even in the scientific studies about cultural groups. Furthermore, Romani women are marginalized even in women and gender studies. The result are opaque lenses that prevent science and society from seeing the deep transformations that the Roma feminist movements are creating in their community and in society. The worst consequence is that science and society are full of racist and sexist stereotypes about us.
Romani feminism is one of the most important forces of transformation that has taken place in Europe in the last three decades. After centuries of being double or triple silenced, Roma women have been raising their voice, their concerns and creating our own spaces and discourses challenging long standing prejudices and stereotypes. Grassroots associations like the Drom Kotar Mestipen are just examples of how non- academic Romani women are getting organized, unfolding the full potential of human agency and transforming many oppressive structures, for instance, through deeply Roma women revolutionary international congresses. Amidst this context, new masculinities are also an emerging field of study and action led by many Roma men who are walking side by side with women to fight against any type of violence or subordination. Taken these analyses into consideration, I will argue how the advancement of sociological theory, and more particularly, sociology of gender could be much benefited acknowledging these new and nearly not explored real utopias.

Period4 Sept 2021
Event typeConference
LocationBarcelona, SpainShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Roma
  • Gender
  • Intersectionality
  • grassroots
  • Human Rights