Franciska Farkas poses for a photo in Berlin, Germany, February 16, 2018. Thomson Reuters Foundation/ Morgan Meaker
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Many Roma who are in the public eye in Hungary, which has one of Central Europe's largest minorities at some 800,000 people, never reveal their identities.Farkas is not alone in trying to encourage young Roma women to feel proud of their ethnicity, as a new generation of Roma artists and actresses across Europe are embracing feminism and challenging negative stereotypes.To mark International Roma Day on April 8, Farkas is one of 13 Roma actors and artists descending on Berlin to take part in the first Roma Biennale – a series of art exhibitions, theater performances and music events organized by the community.Roma communities are usually poorer, less educated and have lower life expectancies and employment rates than the overall population.BURN THEMThe Selimovic sisters also debunk stereotypes in Roma Armee, which has been running at Berlin's Maxim Gorki Theater since September.Fighting discrimination is still the main aim of the Roma civil rights movement but a focus on women's rights can impact both Roma women and men, Knight said.
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