One of the symbols of Romani feminism

Romani feminism or Gypsy feminism is the feminist trend that promotes gender equality, the fight against social inequalities and the defense of the integration of women in different movements in society, making these processes compatible with the preservation of culture and values of the Romani people.[1][2]

Throughout history, the Romani ethnic group has been despised and persecuted by different societies due to their particularities. Still, it is one of the largest minorities in the world. Many groups still preserve a characteristic culture, with its own language, traditions or customs, where family and solidarity among its members is of great importance.[1]

Romani feminism is characterized by the fight to overcome prejudices and the distinction both towards Roma society and towards women, in addition to the stigma associated with poverty.[1][3]

In Spain

Opening of the I Congress of Romani Feminism in 2017.

The beginning of the Romani feminist movement in Spain began in 1990, when the first Romani feminist women's association in Granada appeared, the Asociación de Mujeres Gitanas ROMI.[4] Since then, many other collectives have been created throughout the country.[1]

One of the biggest challenges for the Roma community is to maintain the Roma tradition and identity while respecting the decision and freedom of women. This feminist trend seeks equality by claiming the right to be different.[5]

Among the aspects most defended by this group are access to housing, education and the visibility of women. Although there are also many others, such as the normalization of sexual diversity.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e R. Venzalá, Clara (11 October 2018). "Feminismo romaní: esbozando la nueva mujer gitana en España". El Orden Mundial.
  2. ^ Almenar, Pilar (23 October 2017). "Feminisme gitano en lluita per a una societat inclusiva" (in Catalan). Valencia Plaza.
  3. ^ Michelli, José Francisco (16 November 2017). "Gitanas feministas que luchan contra los prejuicios". El Salto.
  4. ^ Jorrin, Virginia (5 March 2014). "Mujeres y gitanas". Diagonal.
  5. ^ "Feminismo gitano. Una aportación solidaria a la superación de las desigualdades de género" (PDF). Jornada DONA GITANA. 5 November 2002.