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Islam Alijaj © Dominik Meier
Islam Alijaj © Dominik Meier


We Need to Talk. A Biographical Manifesto

Literaturhaus Basel

This event will be translated into sign language.

Islam Alijaj has cerebral palsy, a severe, clearly visible and audible disability. He is a secondo with roots in Kosova. And his name is, of all things, Islam. None of which make a career in politics any easier. Nonetheless, he still wants to become a member of the Swiss National Council. In 2022, Alijaj surprised everyone by getting elected to the Zurich municipal council. The then thirty-six-year-old politician is not only intelligent and charming; he is extremely tenacious, ambitious, power-conscious and sometimes even “megalomaniacal”. His goal: to shake up the Swiss disability system, take the lead so that those who really know what they are talking about get to have their say. “Nothing about us, without us” – should be the motto for future decision-making. And in 2023, he was indeed elected to the National Council, as the first Swiss-Albanian.

In cooperation with Zukunft Inklusion – Aktionstage Behindertenrechte 2024

If you would like to take part in the event, but the entrance fee exceeds your financial means, please contact Maria Marggraf, or 061 261 29 50. We will find a solution together.

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