Roxana Dumitrache was a cultural programs coordinator at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London, PhD student in political science and feminist epistemology. She studied Political Science at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest and has a Master’s degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. She has worked as Head of Communication and Strategy, as well as Parliamentary Assistant (as a non-political affiliate), at the European Commission in Brussels.
Within this institution, she coordinated research on two of the future policies and directives for the Member States, with an emphasis on equal opportunities and non-discrimination.
She is the author of the book “Papa Nicolau and Other Very Short Stories”, published by Polirom Publishing House in 2019, a collection of stories in which the author explores the condition of women in a world of men and Roxana is one of the 100 stories of civic involvement in the anthology „The civic strength of women.” She has published features on the gender dimension in public policy, multiculturalism, civil society, minority and women’s rights. She stood out at the TEDx – Women of Now conferences, with the speech “How does a feminist pray?” which propelled her as one of the most credible voices of feminism in Romania. Her feminism is about empathy and solidarity, about autonomy and freedom in the broadest degree that the term entails.
„Feminism is not a playground for trained minds, it is not a fierce battleground against men. It is a critical reconstruction of reality and of political projects that must represent non-segregated humanity. And no matter how tired or skinny she is, and no matter how often I hear her support feminism to show that the world we live in isn’t sometimes very friendly with women, I think feminism can be (and) savior. ”
A few years ago, she was the first feminist cover girl on a glossy magazine cover, Avantaje.
She thought she was born a feminist, but feminism is a hard label to wear because there are many belligerent sayings associated with feminism. She learned about feminism in her family when she was a child; in her opinion, her grandmother was the Goddess of Feminists and she was a feminist without knowing it.
She strongly believes in political representation of women’s interests. Maternity, care for the elderly, widowhood and single parenthood are not taken into account as they are reflected in public. Care for other women reflects feminism and true feminism is built on empathy, care, solidarity, as well as autonomy and freedom.
In her opinion, feminism is a form of intellectual defense and empowered her by giving her a voice. Feminism has also taught her not to compete with other women. There is a paradox because woman’s failure is often “celebrated” by criticism. She chose a partner sensitive to the values of feminism and she is proud of her husband who is a feminist father to their daughter. So feminism is not a fight against men. She emphasized that paternity leave is due to the feminist lobby.
Her desire is to live in a world where feminism is no longer necessary; until then, it is important to be aware of everything that is going on around us. It was never been easier to be a feminist than it is now and we are the great-granddaughters of women who were burnt at the stake for being feminists. Paying respect and gratitude to the feminist tradition is a moral obligation and she does not understand those women who reject feminism in the name of feminity.
We demystified the myth that a woman can’t be a feminist unless she is a mother.
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