Soraya Viola Heléna Post (born 15 October 1956) is a Swedish politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Sweden. She is a member of the Feminist Initiative, part of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. Post's father was a German-born Jew, and her mother was a Romani (Norwegian and Swedish Travellers).
|Member of the European Parliament|
1 July 2014
|Born||Soraya Viola Heléna Post
15 October 1956
|Political party|| Swedish
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
|Alma mater||Gothenburg University|
Post has worked with questions about national minorities at Västra Götaland County justice and equality committee, and has also worked with question surrounding the Romani people and she also helped starting Agnesbergs folkhögskola in Gothenburg in 2007. She has been a commissioner at Sveriges Television.
In February 2014, Post was chosen as the party's top candidate for the 2014 European Parliament election in Sweden. In the election on 25 May 2014, the Feminist Initiative won one seat in the European Parliament with Post taking the party seat. On 7 June 2014, Post joined the S&D group in the European Parliament.
While Post's election has been widely seen as the party's first European representation, former Liberal People's Party MEP Maria Robsahm had in 2006 defected to the Feminist Initiative, representing the party in the European Parliament until 2009. Post however became the party's first elected MEP and the first Romani in Swedish history to be chosen as a candidate for a political party. Also, Post and Damian Drăghici from Romania are the only MEPs with Romani background.
In addition to her committee assignments, Post serves as a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on Western Sahara, and is an outspoken supporter of the Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, an organisation which campaigns for democratic reformation of the United Nations.
Soraya Post is also the initiator of the EU Roma Week. A yearly event that takes place in Brussels in connection to the International Roma Day on 8 April. The week consists of a series of events organized and co-hosted by the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Council of Europe, the City of Brussels, several Members of European Parliament (MEPs) from various political groups, the European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) and many civil society organisations.
Debate over child marriagesEdit
Post's eldest daughter entered into an unofficial marriage / Romani engagement at sixteen years of age which was approved by the Romani community. In 2014, the relationship led to public debate in Sweden where critics accused Post for holding a cultural relativistic position and not opposing child marriages. Post responded by referring to the relationship as an engagement, wrote that the engagement had happened 20 years ago and her position on the issue had evolved and that she clearly was against child marriages.
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- Soroya Post (5 June 2014) Det räcker inte att fördöma barngifte (in Swedish) Aftonbladet
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