Mandaila faced racism in government

10th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 September 2007, BRUSSELS – Outgoing federal state secretary Gisèle Mandaila (MR) says that she suffered because of racism while serving in the government. The Brussels politician made these comments in an interview in a pamphlet from the FDF party in Etterbeek which is being distributed door to door in the Brussels municipality today.

10 September 2007

BRUSSELS – Outgoing federal state secretary Gisèle Mandaila (MR) says that she suffered because of racism while serving in the government. The Brussels politician made these comments in an interview in a pamphlet from the FDF party in Etterbeek which is being distributed door to door in the Brussels municipality today.

When asked about her experience as the first black woman in the government, Mandaila, of Congolese background, said that it was not always positive. Gisèle Mandaila, municipal council member for the FDF in Etterbeek, looks back in the interview on her role in the government since 2004.

"First I'd like to stress that people of foreign background are not really always accepted. I encountered that. It is a matter of prejudices. I had all the handicaps: woman, black and from outside of Parliament," she says. "Today I'm known to a certain extent, but more in Africa than in Belgium," says the state secretary for family and the disabled.

Mandaila adds that in future she will focus her activities on her municipality of Etterbeek. "In 2009 I'll take part in the regional elections for the Brussels Parliament," she says.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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