Elizabeth Wofford (Czech Republic)

Beth Wofford

Elizabeth Wofford (Dzeno): Between 2009 and 2011 Beth studied at the University of Maryland – she graduated with with a Bachelor of Arts in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. In 2010, Beth studied in Prague, where where she first encountered discrimination against the Roma community. She spent the spring semester of 2011 interning at the Global Terrorism Database (a research project of the US Department of Homeland Security). Beth was also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Sigma Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Fraternity. After her fellowship Beth wrote: “I am absolutely more confident. I know that I can work through tough issues and be able to make a product happen. I have more faith in myself and in other people to get things done that need to get done.”

18 Aug

Na Shledanou, Česká republika! (Goodbye, Czech Republic!)

So here it is. My last day in the Czech Republic. As always with traveling

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Posted Aug 18, 2011

12 Aug

Hope for the Future

Earlier this week another fire bombing occurred in the Czech Republic against a Roma family.

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Posted Aug 12, 2011

03 Aug

The Forgotten Victims of the Holocaust

The Holocaust. That simple word is one of the main reasons I chose human rights

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Posted Aug 03, 2011

28 Jul

A Visit to the Museum of Romani Culture

What a busy few weeks! The quilt is starting to shape up as the women

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Posted Jul 28, 2011

21 Jul

Is Inclusive Education in the Czech Republic Possible?

The education of Roma children in the Czech Republic for has been a major issue

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Posted Jul 21, 2011

16 Jul

Fear Mongering and Firebombs: The Extremist Violence Against Roma in the Czech Republic

In an event reminiscent of 2009’s attack in which a two year old girl suffered

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Posted Jul 16, 2011

07 Jul

Quilting for Advocacy: The Beginning

I meet with the women of the small town of Mimoň and talk about their experiences as a Roma woman in the Czech Republic. By creating a quilt, we are hoping that the women will be able to display their culture in a positive light, to be used as a tool for inclusion rather than exclusion.

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Posted Jul 07, 2011

29 Jun

The 20th International Steering Committee Meeting: Reactions from a Peace Fellow

I react to my experiences at the 20th International Steering Committee Meeting of the Decade of Roma Inclusion. It was eye opening and reaffirmed by belief that true action is lacking in the Czech Republic in regards to issues facing the Roma community.

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Posted Jun 29, 2011

23 Jun

Mere Rhetoric: The effectiveness of the Decade of Roma Inclusion

In anticipation of the upcoming closing of the Czech Presidency of the Decade of Roma Inclusion, I look at what has been done to further the rights of Roma in the Czech Republic. Have these actions been effective? Or is it all just “mere rhetoric”?

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Posted Jun 23, 2011

21 Jun

Chronicling History: Understanding the roots of the European Roma

This week I research the history of the Roma and give a brief summary of the migration into Europe and the Czech Republic.

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Posted Jun 21, 2011

17 Jun

Bureaucracy and Bolsheviks

My first meeting with Dženo leaves me excited and apprehensive. In my first week I am able to finalize a group to work with, a time frame, and a craftswoman to help with the quilt. Despite these successes, I can’t help but feel that more needs to be done.

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Posted Jun 17, 2011

13 Jun

The Disney World of Central Europe

My arrival in Prague and first look at the town I once lived in. The views are the same in Old Town, but the atmosphere is different. How am I to reconcile this new view I have with the work that is to be done? Well, it’s finally time to start!

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Posted Jun 13, 2011

23 May

Ahoj Praha!

I am leaving for Europe within the week…I arrive in Prague within the month. I am excited, nervous, and trying to be as calm as possible while learning as much as I can before I leave.

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Posted May 23, 2011