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"When I was in the University my teachers were very surprised when I introduced myself: "I`m a Roma girl" and they just said, maybe, yes, but why is it relevant? Because for me it's very important, I'm a Roma girl and I am here in the university, even it's more important if I am the only one to show to the others, this is what I can do and I am not different, and I don't need different treatment. Because I can also learn what they can!"

Agnes Osztolykan is awarded with the prominent International Women of Courage Award by the US State Department

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will host the 2011 International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony with special guest First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday, March 8.
Agnes Osztolykan of Hungary, Member of Parliament, Politics Can Be Different Party, Lehet Mas a Politika (LMP)

Agnes Osztolykan was elected to Parliament in 2010, and is the only female Roma Member of Parliament (MP) in Hungary. She represents the newly established party, Politics Can Be Different (LMP). Ms. Osztolykan speaks out for Roma in the face of open hostility, fearlessly advocating for the equal rights and inclusion of Roma in Hungarian society. As deputy chair of the Education Committee, she is making a tangible contribution to Hungary’s new education regulations, ensuring that Roma inclusion remains a priority of government programming.

Source: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/03/157710.htm

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