‘‘This fear was transmitted to us through our parents who told us stories of our neighbors spying on us and reporting each other for small things like tearing the newspaper with the portrait of Stalin or using it as a toilet paper in the bathroom. I also think it is a generational issue. Young Kazakhs grew without it and these are the people who drive change. Older people will be more afraid to raise these topics, so I think it must go to younger people who are without fear, more globalized and better educated.’’’
,,We have realized it was our fail and that we had to seal ourselves with protection from authorities. We went to the Chief Architect of Minsk. He endorsed us and eventually designated the project to some of his assistants, but it took almost four months until we got an official permission to make survey, organize participatory events and finally invest our own funds into installment of the playground.’’
‘‘A considerable problem in Styria is rural depopulation – especially, a lot of young women moving from the countryside into the city. The reasons for this are often complex; they range from jobs, education and cultural offers to childcare. Leaders in shrinking communities are often puzzled by this depopulation as they have no awareness of the realities of life for young women – how should they be able to represent these women politically? Therefore, it is even more important that women must get active themselves and start to co-create their home towns. We women must bring attention to what many male politicians do not see.’’
,,Bringing this project to the end was a very political act in its truest sense. I have attended several meetings of different committees at the City Hall; I have listened to insulting comments from different members. Some claimed it was a violation of their rights that we obliged them to read biographies of women that they were not interested in. The other comment was that we were supporting further distortion of the city with unnecessary construction. However, along the way, I have also been supported by a number of people; feminists who worked either in the City Council and / or the City Hall, but also ordinary employees and our partners.''