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Olga Mariano

"My biggest dream is to see our children go through college and choose their own careers" 

Olga Mariano

"My biggest dream is to see our children go through college and choose their own careers" 

As the founder of Associação para o Desenvolvimento das Mulheres Ciganas Portuguesas (the Association for the Development of Portuguese Gipsy Women) or AMUCIP, Olga Mariano is a Portuguese Romani woman of great courage and conviction.
 
Based in Seixal, across the river from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, Olga worked as a street trader along with her husband who she married at the age of 22. However, her husband became gravely ill and their business came to a halt so that she could give him the necessary care. After Olga's husband died, she had to look for a new living to feed her family.
 
After taking a vocational training course in schools, and soon she was starting up AMUCIP with four other Romani women. The aim of their work was to bring together Roma and non-Roma kids, promoting inclusion and never exclusion, attempting to reduce school absenteeism and also to reconcile the family and working lives of Romani women.
 
Olga recalled: "It wasn't easy, and it still isn't, but we kept our unity."
 
 
Comments:
05/06/2012 by April
Of only we could unite, please my sisters help me to fight with you. Our ancestors could not have imagined our influence of many.
05/06/2012 by April
As an educated half Romany woman I would LOVE to stand up for OUR people my sisters
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