Jiřina Šiklová, signatory of the Czech Charter and sociologist, has died, pleading for Roma equality
News server Aktuálně.cz reported that Jiřina Šiklová, the advocate for gender studies, a signatory of Charter 77, and sociologist, died at the age of 85. His son confirmed his death to the news server yesterday.
During the era of standardization in Communist Czechoslovakia, Ms Šiklová helped export literature banned by authors still inside the country and import banned literature by Czechoslovak authors living in exile. She spent a year in prison in 1981 for this.
After 1989, she created the Department of Social Work at Charles University in Prague. In conference projects at social science faculties across the Czech Republic, she advocated gender and the relationship between the sexes as a problem and as a subject.
The first one Gender studies The country’s library was established in his apartment and has grown over time to become the largest library on this subject in Central and Eastern Europe. “I am a watchdog who is involved, who feels that something can be changed,” she said of herself in June 2015 in an interview with the Czech News Agency.
Speaking about her activity during the 1970s and 1980s in this interview, she describes herself not as a dissident, but as someone who does her best to preserve the culture of Czechoslovakia. It was only after the Velvet revolution from 1989 that she was able to resume her profession.
While she has many reservations about further developments in the Czech Republic, she is also happy with the state of the company. “There is freedom here, people can get involved,” said Ms Šiklová, who was essentially a realist, just over five years ago.
“That’s good, that’s enough for me,” she said in the interview. In his opinion, none of the systems in the world were ideal, and no ideal system even exists.
Ms Šiklová was a strong advocate for the equality of Roma in society. In 2007, she collaborated with the organization ROMEA, giving lectures to young Roma journalists.
“The news of Jiřina Šiklová’s passing made me really sad. I admire her courage since I was a student,” ROMEA founder Jarmila Balážová told news server Romea.cz.
“When we got to know each other and spent time together, I admired his zeal, his determination, his energy. Each discussion engulfed her, attracted her, because she cared about the development of democracy, civil society, the involvement of women in politics, the position of Roma in society, ”Balážová said.
“I had the opportunity to interview her on several occasions and we also met in different discussions and book signing. The last time I saw her I even photographed her dancing with Martin Palouš at the launch of Emil Ščuka’s book, “recalls Balážová.
“Her energy was admirable. She once told me how she exercises every day, and I also liked her sense of humor, which was almost overwhelming at times,” Balážová said.
“She will be sorely missed. May eternal light shine on her and mi del O Del lake lóki phuv”Said Balážová.
Jana Horváthová, director of the Romani Culture Museum, posted the following on Facebook upon learning of Ms Šiklová’s death: “I have admired her for over 30 years, she was extremely smart, funny, wise, beautiful, energetic, perfect. I thought she would be with us for a few years. more years, but she lived a full life. Jiřino, I will always love you very much. ”
Ms. Šiklová is the author of several books and published in dozens of professional journals. In 1995, she received a Women of Europe prize, awarded in Brussels to women who have contributed to European integration; four years later, Czech President Václav Havel gave him the Medal of merit.