Dad believed in communism, but then he loaded me up with dissident literature
Petra Francová was born on 5. August 1956 in Olomouc, but later moved with her parents to Prague. Her father Pavel Macháček was a soldier. For voicing his disagreement with the Soviet occupation in August 1968 he was thrown out of the army and ejected from the communist party and then worked as a manual worker. Because of her father’s political profile, Petra would come to have problems being accepted into university studies. In the end she was able to study at the College of Economics and Sociology at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University. From her childhood she defined herself in opposition to the communist regime and distributed samizdat literature. In the 1980s she was of the Hokaido group – a society of young artists. At the beginning of the 1990s she was an active member of the Czech Mothers civic group, which strove to improve Prague’s living conditions. She founded several non-profit organizations, and was responsible for the creation of the Association of Citizens Advice (AOP). Today, she continues to work in the non-profit sector.