Gwendolyn Albert is a human rights activist and ally of the Romani minority who is involved in the issues of dignified remembrance of Romani Holocaust sites, guaranteed access to standard primary school for Romani children in Europe, and redress for women who have been forcibly sterilized. She translates the news into English daily for news server Romea.cz. She was a co-author of the publication "Human Rights of Roma and Travellers" (Council of Europe: 2012) and contributed the paper “Anti-Gypsyism and the Extreme Right in the Czech Republic 2008-2011” to "The Gypsy ‘Menace’: Populism and the New Anti-Gypsy Politics," edited by Michael Stewart, (C. Hurst & Co., London: 2012).
Gwendolyn Albert is a student of Ayurveda and a translator of publications for the University of Ayurveda Prague.
In literary endeavors, she translated the novel "Baradla Cave" by Eva Švankmajerová into English (Twisted Spoon Press: 2000), edited the zine "JEJUNE: america eats its young", and authored two chapbooks of poetry ("green,green" and "dogs"). Her poetry has also been anthologized (Short Fuse, The Return of Kral Majales).
Gwendolyn Albert sits on the boards of the organizations
Burma Center Prague, Persefona and Pramení in the Czech Republic and the Roma Education Support Trust in the UK.
After earning a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics, she was a Fulbright recipient at Charles University in Prague for the 1989-1990 academic year. She participated in the Velvet Revolution as a translator for Civic Forum.
Abstract: This paper reviews domestic and international activism seeking justice for Romani and other women harmed by coercive, forced, and involuntary sterilization in the former Czechoslovakia and Czech Republic. Framed by Michel Foucault's theory of biopower, it summarizes the history of these abuses and describes human rights campaigns involving domestic and international litigation, advocacy, and grassroots activism, as well as the responses of the Czech governments.
Every morning, in the moment just before we wake, we are all the same. Then, like the clothes we wear, our identities begin to fill in: Boy, girl, man, woman, child, teen, adult, senior. Doctor, painter, driver, accountant, manager, teacher, student.French, American, Czech, Latino, British, African, Roma, European.
A publication describing hate speech, incitement and racism against Roma and Sinti in Europe.
The conference on Forced and Coercive Sterilization of Roma Women: Justice and Reparations for Victims in the Czech Republic was organized by the OSCE/ODIHR on 1 June 2016 in Prague.
Policy brief authored together with Margareta Matache, Marius Taba and Adriána Zimová.
It has been more than 10 years since I first learned of the forced sterilization of women in the former Czechoslovakia and how it was still continuing in the 21st century. It is now almost 10 years since I first met Elena Gorolová and many of the other women to whom this actually happened.
Ultra-right parties and their neo-Nazi supporters have unleashed an unprecedented level of coordinated anti-Roma demonstrations throughout the Czech Republic this year, aiming to tip the balance at the polls and increase their access to power in the country's upcoming elections.
Interview with me by Bernie Higgins about translating Baradla Cave.