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Gypsies and Travellers in their own words

Speakers from London Gypsies and Travellers will talk about their experiences and
the work they are currently doing to challenge prejudice and negative stereotypes,
support community activism and use participatory mapping to gather better
evidence.

ILINCA DIACONESCU
Policy Officer
“I coordinate LGT’s strategic policy work, seeking to increase opportunities for
Gypsies and Travellers in London to have a say in decisions that affect
them –particularly in terms of housing, planning and health inequalities. My work
aims to gain recognition of the community’s knowledge and expertise, which is
essential in order to achieve fair and inclusive policies.”

MENA MONGAN
Community Engagement Officer
“I’m an Irish Traveller from London and I came into my job after volunteering for my
community. I challenge everyday discrimination against my people. My job involves
encouraging Travellers to speak out for their rights and get involved in LGT
campaigns and programmes.”

BETSY MOBEY
Youth Engagement and Campaign Support Worker
“I am a proud English Romany from nomadic roots, with a background in
performance and specialist makeup, advocacy and activism. I know too well the
deprivation many of us face on a day to day basis. I’m at LGT to strengthen the
Gypsy, Romany and Traveller voice, countering ignorance and injustice through
campaigning work, community workshops, one to one mentoring and policy
implementation.”