Agnes Daróczi

Date and place of birth:

1954, Bedő.

Current place of residence:

Budapest, Hungary.



Current job:

Culture Manager, Hungarian Language and Literature Teacher in secondary school.

Achievements in life and work:

I was the first Romany girl who started studying and graduated in Hungary. I had prepared the first suport materials for teaching of Romany Language published in 1975. I am a co-author of the first independent Romany organization in Hungary: Phralipe and Amalipe. I was a founder and editor of „The Romany Magazine”, broadcast by Hungarian television. I am the author of books and educational materials for Romany living in Hungary.

Are you living your life the way you have always wanted to?

I have been happily married for almost 40 years. Our daughter is a successful film director. I will not live how I wanted to for a long time because my nation, Romany is oppressed in Europe.

What are your plans for the future?

I will fitght for improvement of the situation of my community as long as I live: by word, by action and by thought.

Life motto, credo, dreams...

I would like Romany to change. Take their affairs in their own hands. We have to be active in politics, and pro-Romany projects. Nothing about us without us!

Niether community can consider themselves fully free and democratic unless the freedom and democracy refer to all including the minorities. Without protection of the rights of minorities there is no true democracy!