Aliona Serban is a young Roma woman, of 26 years, who has never voted before. She actively listened at the information meeting held in Otaci and became interested to express her vote. "We need to change things in the country, especially for the Roma community, because we do not have decent jobs, a source of income, the situation is not good at all. I want to vote, so as Roma people enjoy better living conditions,” said the young woman who also participated in a simulation exercise of the election day.
All 35 information meetings and 25 simulations of the election day were conducted by the Union of Young Roma of the Republic of Moldova "Tarna Rom", with the support of UNDP Moldova. The events took place in a familiar ambience and tone of discussion.
Aliona was one of the 6,350 Roma women and girls who participated in the electoral information and education activities. Marin Alla, the president of the Roma Youth Union of Moldova "Tarna Rom", says that these meetings have triggered a long-awaited change in attitude of the Roma community: "Roma women realized that their vote is important, and they can and should compete with men. For example, women in Otaci said they should be represented nationally or locally by a woman and have nominated Raisa Preida, a local entrepreneur. Here is how we are breaking the chain. When you talk to people face to face, miracles happen.”
Roma women, aspiring candidates in elections