Congress Heroes

RFSL’s Congress 2016RFSLPhoto: Anna Fock

Election and politics, no important decisions could have been made without our congress heroes. Meet the people who made the congress happen.

Fredrik Nilsson

Fredrik Nilsson, arrangerar kongressen

Arranges the whole congress.

– I’m very tired. It’s not really simple to arrange a congress, so you have to have some sweets now and then. There’s an amazing energy here and it’s amazing that it’s all the participants here that make the congress, they make it happen.

Kajsa Robin

Kajsa Robin

Doer.

Kajsa Robin, is at the congress to inform about RFSL’s project En blommande priderörelse but has become the congress’ doer. Among other things she has produced two new mobile phones, lent her hotel room to RFSL Rådgivningen’s HIV-testing, gotten candy for the presidia and worked at the check-in counter.

– I’m very happy about all I’ve done during the congress. You need to be prestige-less, be a doer and be able to address things as they come up.

Maher Ahmad

Maher Ahmad

Translates the congress into English and is a member of RFSL Malmö. 

– It’s awesome that the congress is translated into English. We have become better at marketing ourselves, and today almost all our headsets have been lent out. It’s a bit hard to keep up, because the presidia speaks so fast. But today they have promised to slow down a bit and so far they’ve kept their promise.

– At the next congress my English will be better! (laughter) I like that everything is well organized and that it is up-beat. But I would like for RFSL Malmö to better their representation and wish that there will be more diversity in the Association Board of Trustees.

Sara Privelius

Sara Privelius

Handles the presidia.

– For me, who works at the National Office in Stockholm, it’s wonderful to meet representatives and members from all over the country. This is what RFSL is about and it’s exciting to follow the process. It’s a bit stressful at the presidia at times, but when there’s a problem I take a deep breath and think “we’re doing this together” and then I know it will be alright.

Lars Jonsson

Lars Jonsson

Congress secretary, participates in his 18th RFSL congress. 

– My first RFSL congress was in Linköping, 1990. Including this one I have participated in 18 congresses, from Luleå in the north to Malmö in the south. I have been congress secretary 12 times. (Until 2007 RFSL held a congress every year.)