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Barbara Makula

"There are prejudices about the Roma, 'that no matter what they achieve it is not good enough.' I do not think that it can completely disappear, but I would like it to get diminished at least. I wish that people could accept that one can be Roma and at the same time be successful, smart and can know things just like Hungarians."

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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