By Gabi and Tica Muntean, Roma Programme, Pavee Point
Gabi explains – Ronnie was a mentor for me, a teacher and sometimes a doctor. She was never like a Director. She was kind and she knew how to talk to everybody. You had this feeling that she knew you for a long time.
Ronnie was very devoted to her work. But she didn’t think – what do I have to do. Work was a passion for her. I remember we went to a meeting and there was one
Roma woman and Ronnie was talking to her
about how to do the work. A few months
later I met that Roma woman and she said to me “I would like to be like that
Traveller woman at the meeting.” And I said – “Which Traveller woman? “ And she
said “Ronnie”. And I said “Ronnie is not
a Traveller she is a settled person.” But it was very easy to identify Ronnie as one
She understood Roma people and she knew how to talk to
I remember I had to go to Strasbourg to a meeting and she said to me – when you go mention
Traveller and Roma. You don’t need to write it down. Say it from your head. When you are speaking from your heart no one
knows it better that you.
Roma women rang me this week and asked me was it true
that Ronnie had passed away. I said yes
it was true. And one woman said ‘Oh my
God – she was a ‘lulughi’ this
is a special word in our language that means ‘flower’.
What Ronnie left behind we have to cherish. What I think is left from Ronnie is to be in solidarity with one another. You don’t have to be a Roma or Traveller to fight for Traveller & Roma human rights. We have to fight for each other and we have to fight for justice.
Tica Muntean, co-worker at Pavee Point also says – “Ronnie was a fighter for justice and equality for Traveller and Roma. She was a true leader. I feel blessed and honoured to have known Ronnie .
“We want to send our condolences to Ronnie’s family. Ronnie is going to be missed but we will try to bring to light her fight for equality and justice.”