Roma people in Serbia: Pretty Loud in very loud fight for human rights
Silvia Sinani, Zlata Ristić, Dijana and Živka Iva FerhatoviĆ, Selma and Elma Dalipi —six girls from Belgrade are fighting for the Roma community to get a voice and be "pretty loud". After all, the band got its name —Pretty Loud. They didn't want to be supported by dancers and "shadows of men", so they decided to shine and form their own music group.
"Roma women are not so loud in the Roma community or in society; they are decided by someone else—people from the GRUBB Foundation thought we had a good topic and that we really should be pretty loud," says Silvia Sinani.
For them, equality means equality and respect between men and women, in which the most important role is played by support.
"If I want to drive a truck, I would like him to support me and respect my decision.".that a man does not think he is much bigger than a woman," believes Zlata Ristić.
"Why would you do a job?" You're a woman! ... Why would you go there? Women don't go there! It is not for you. " - If I think it is for me, it does not matter that I am a woman ... Equality is that someone does not hinder you in what you want", explains Živka Ferhatović.
Although they love their music and creations, the song "Equal" has the greatest influence on them because it awakens "different" feelings.
The goal of these pretty loud girls is not to fight against the men who are holding them back, but to fight for themselves. A woman should know how to fight for her equality, and if she is confident, no one can stop her.
They love their job, their struggles and their life. Music is a great way for them to point out social problems because music reaches the ears of people much faster, especially young people.
"It is not difficult for us, but there will always be people who will want to stand in your way, but you need to be strong and have a set goal," Silvia proudly points out.
Music is a strong motivator
Music is a strong motivator for them to fight for their place in society, but also a driver of waves of change by encouraging other Roma women to develop and educate. Some are motivated, some are role models—either boys or girls—some are helped to express everything they hold in themselves, and young girls love their music and are happy to come to GRUBB for education.
Before they heard from GUBB, their lives looked completely normal and they could not dream of winning the Elle Style Awards for activism, having so many guest interviews, being Council of Europe ambassadors in the 'Block Hate, Share Love' campaign and of course the big page in The New York Times, which they would single out as their greatest successes, although they are sure that there will be even more in the future.
Their experience tells them that the attitude towards the Roma has changed a lot - in the past, there were frequent examples of child marriages, poverty was higher and young people were less educated. Today, they say that the Roma think differently and that these trends are much less - girls do not want young people to marry and mothers are opposed to arranging marriages.
We will not be able to change the opinions of the whole world, but if we change the opinion of one person during the day and another tomorrow, we are already starting to influence people. There will always be someone who will not agree with us and who will continue to hate the Roma. Even if we show them that we are different, someone will still say - let her, she is still a Gypsy.
"My sister wore a ring on her hand in high school, and since she is a Roma woman, they asked her if she would get married...but the ring was a gift from our grandmother," explains Živka.
The problem is not accepting others and different ones - with different skin color, clothes, faith, customs ... They give themselves the right to condemn, ridicule and humiliate.
"Regardless of the fact that this is happening everywhere, it is being emphasized more to us, as when they say - that is Gypsy's bussines," adds Zlata.
It is sad that our young people have so many prejudices at our age and the time in which we live. Different types of discrimination prevent Roma from raising their voice and being an important political factor—first of all when we talk in Serbia, because Roma are the largest national minority, and yet they "lose" in elections and almost in no way contribute to active participation and work in society, improving the position of the Roma community.
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