Lívia Járóka (born 6 October 1974 in Tata) is a Hungarian politician of part Romani ethnicity. She is a Member of the European Parliament, elected as part of the Fidesz list in 2004. Járóka was the second Romani (but the first Romani woman) ever elected to the European Parliament; the first was Juan de Dios Ramírez Heredia from Spain, who served from 1994 to 1999.
Járóka grew up in
Sopron, a town near Hungary's western border with Austria. Her father is ethnically Roma, her mother Hungarian. After getting an MA in sociology from the Central European University Warsaw campus on a scholarship from the Soros-funded Open Society Institute she went on to study anthropology in Britain, focusing on Romani issues and culture. In August 2003 she had a daughter and a son in 2007. In 2012 she finished her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University College of London.
Memberships [ edit ]
She is Chair of the Working Group of the
European People's Party on Roma Inclusion and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality. She is also a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Delegation for Relations with India. She is a substitute member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, as well as the Committee on Human Rights.
As of Sep 2014 she is no longer listed on the
European Parliament site as an MEP.
Other memberships [ edit ]
Research activities [ edit ]
September 2000-April 2002: Ethnographic field resech on assimilation tendencies of Roma in Hungary
May 1998-May 2001: Sociological research among Roma students of Gandhi Gimnazium, Hungary
Elected Young Global Leader in 2006 by the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum
2006 and 2013
Member of the European Parliament of the Year (MEP) award in the category of Justice and Fundamental Rights Awarded the Romanian Foreign Ministry's Excellency Award for the Social Integration of Minorities in 2010
Awarded the Presidential Order of Merit of Hungary for her outstanding work during the Hungaria Presidency of the EU in 2011
Won the St. Adalbert Award of the Hungarian Association of Christian Intellectuals in 2011
Award of the "Fundación Secretariado Gitano" in 2012
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