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Roma inclusion newsletter
Published by the WHO Regional Office for Europe in cooperation with the European Commission - Directorate-General for Health and Consumers and the Interuniversity Institute of Social Development and Peace at the University of Alicante, Spain (WHO Collaborating Centre on Social Inclusion and Health)
In focus

Health 2020 priority area four: creating supportive environments and resilient communities. A compendium of inspirational examples
This WHO Regional Office for Europe compendium provides inspirational examples of building resilience at individual, community and system levels. It describes the innovative, on-the-ground actions taken by 13 countries to create supportive environments for strengthening resilience and its link to health and well-being outcomes.

Roma women in nine European Union (EU) Member States
Drawing on the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)’s own survey research in nine EU Member States, this report highlights the position of Roma women in education, employment and health, as well as the extent to which they experience hate-motivated discrimination, harassment and physical violence.

June 2019

 
Events
Regional conference: Decade of Roma inclusion: legacy, lessons learned, best practices and what to do next?" [PDF]
20–21 June 2019, Belgrade, Serbia 
Organized by the Slovak Embassy in Serbia as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Chairperson-in-Office (CiO), the OSCE Mission to Serbia, the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, and other international organizations, including the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Roma Integration Project, this conference will deal with issues of non-discrimination, Roma women, education and employment, and housing.

Empowering Roma through participation: after the EU elections, what’s next for Roma?
28 June 2019, Brussels, Belgium
Organized by the European Roma Information Office (ERIO), in cooperation with the European Economic Social Committee, the conference aims to assess the electoral results in terms of their impact on Roma after the European elections. 

6th Western Balkans Summit
4–5 July 2019, Poznan, Poland 
During the 2019 summit of the Western Balkans Process, a declaration by the countries of the Western Balkans on Roma and EU enlargement will be adopted, initiated by the Government of North Macedonia and aiming to ensure full equality and integration of Roma people. It will be presented to the governments of the enlargement region.

LGBTQI Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Conference
4 July 2019, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
The conference will analyse the debate regarding LGBTQI issues as they relate to Gypsy, Roma & Traveller individuals and communities. The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is organizing the event.

International conference: Trajectories of Romani migrations and mobilities in Europe and beyond (1945 – present)
16–18 September 2019, Prague, Czechia
The conference will bring together scholars from across a variety of disciplines to present empirically grounded accounts of the multiple dimensions of Romani mobilities since 1945, in order to analyse connections between various forms of past mobilities and migrations, and the most recent movements of various Romani groups.

Past events
 
2019 Roma Integration National Platforms 
7 June 2019, Tirana, Albania
11 June 2019, Podgorica, Montenegro
2019 Roma Integration National Platforms are focusing on two issues: housing and employment. The goal of the National Platform is to inform the Roma Integration Project, governments in the region and other interested parties about the needs of Roma people and to plan jointly further activities.

Conference: “Fight homophobia and ostracism against Roma, in the past and today”
24–27 May 2019, Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
The conference gathered activists for Roma issues, along with Roma and non-Roma politicians, historians, and young people in order to discuss the scope of democracy in the past and today, the educational tools and legal instruments at EU and national levels that can be used to fight racism and xenophobia, as well as how to boost Roma involvement in decision-making processes.
 
Final conference of the RARE project
16 May 2019, Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia
At this final conference, the results of the RARE project were presented, along with experiences from partner institutions and organizations from Hungary, Czechia, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria. The Know How Centre from Novi Sad and the Roma Inclusion Office of the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina also provided input to the conference.

WG Roma inclusion policy transfer on Roma access to adequate housing
9–10 April 2019, Toulouse, France
EUROCITIES organized a study visit to Toulouse to learn in practice from the city's programme for Roma inclusion. This activity is part of the EUROCITIES mutual learning programme between cities funded by the EU’s Employment and Social Innovation (EaSi) programme from 2018 to 2021 under the strategic partnership with the European Commission Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. 

7th International Roma Women’s Conference “Roma and Traveller women’s access to justice and rights”
25–27 March 2019, Hanasaari Espoo, Finland
Co-organized by the Government of Finland and the Council of Europe under the Finnish Presidency of its Committee of Ministers, the conference aimed to raise awareness about the serious obstacles that Roma and Traveller women face in accessing justice and enjoying full rights. 
 
4th EU Roma Week
18–21 March 2019 Brussels, Belgium
Jointly organized by several members of the European Parliament, the EU Commission, the United Nations Human Rights Office in Brussels and various civil society organizations (CSOs), the fourth EU Roma Week offered a framework for a series of events discussing Roma-related policies and turning the spotlight onto the fight against anti-Gypsyism. 
 
Conference promoting Roma political participation
19 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium
The ERIO organized a conference in cooperation with European Parliament Vice-President Lívia Járóka, entitled “Empowering Roma’s political participation”, which took place in Brussels during the EU Roma Week. Within the context of the upcoming European elections, the conference aimed to promote and encourage civic and political participation of Roma people.
 
Roma Youth Advocacy Seminar [PDF]
16–22 March 2019, Brussels, Belgium
Organized by the International Roma Youth Network, ternYpe, along with the European Roma Grassroots Organisations (ERGO) Network, the volunteer network Phiren Amenca, and both the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma and the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma, this five-day advocacy seminar was part of EU Roma Week, spanning the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March) and just ahead of International Roma Day (8 April). 
 
Launch event of the programme “Human Rights, Roma Inclusion and Domestic and Gender-based Violence”
13–14 March 2019, Prague, Czechia
The new programme was officially launched at a conference attended by more than 80 professionals, experts and representatives of public administration, nongovernmental organizations and the academic sphere, who are active in areas supported by the programme.
Projects and reports
ROMACT achievements [PDF]
The joint Council of Europe and European Commission ROMACT programme has been implemented since 2013, following a four steps methodology. In six years, ROMACT has trained more than 5000 people (municipal staff members, social workers, school teachers, Roma community members, etc.). The programme has also provided expertise to local municipalities applying for funding for Roma inclusion, generating more than €120 million.  

ROMACTED handbook
The ROMACT programme is publishing a handbook, entitled “A manual for development of local resources, joint action and empowerment of Roma communities”. Its launch is on 18 June in Skopje following the second Steering Committee meeting gathering European, national and local stakeholders from seven beneficiary countries. 

Early marriage: the capacity and knowledge assessment of Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian CSOs 
The report was drafted by the Network of Roma Ashkali and Egyptian Women Organizations in Kosovo1 (NRAEWOK), and was published within the project “Support prevention of early marriages in Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo”1 implemented under the EU-funded UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, entitled “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”.

Closing the life expectancy gap of Roma in Europe [PDF]
The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) is currently undertaking an evidence-based literature review on the life expectancy gap between Roma and non-Roma people.

EUROCITIES contribution to post-2020 EU Roma framework
To push for a more effective EU strategic approach to Roma inclusion after 2020, EUROCITIES formulated concrete recommendations on how the EU and Member States should work together with cities to improve Roma inclusion in Europe. 

Breaking the cycle of Roma exclusion in the Western Balkans
This report aims to inform policy-making by relying on data from the 2011 and 2017 rounds of the Regional Roma Survey, which is the most comprehensive survey to date on living conditions and human development outcomes among marginalized Roma households in the Western Balkans, as well as non-Roma households in the vicinity of Roma communities. 

Scaling up Roma inclusion strategies; truth, reconciliation and justice for addressing anti-Gypsyism
This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the LIBE Committee (Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs), aims to promote a better understanding of Roma minority people and their communities’ situation in the EU. The study explores concrete proposals to scale up the post-2020 Roma inclusion framework strategy.

The role and place of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in integrated working, benefitting vulnerable groups such as Roma
The Network of Experts working on the Social Dimension of Education and Training (NESET) report examines the added value provided by and the prerequisites for integrated working, as well as the crucial role played by ECEC services in order to better serve all children and families, but especially the most vulnerable.

Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities DF]
This report by the Women and Equalities Committee (appointed by the House of Commons) explores inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in the United Kingdom, culminating in making recommendations to the Government. 

Gypsies and Travellers
This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of the key issues and policies relating to Gypsy and Traveller communities in England. 

A good practice guide for improving outcomes for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children in education
This guide, compiled by the Traveller Movement education and advocacy team, outlines three years of research, case studies, and examples of good practice. The report profiles good practice in schools and outlines what schools are doing right to encourage Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils to remain and thrive in education.

Research


Belak A, Madarasova Geckova A, van Dijk JP, Reijneveld SA. "Do my Roma and non-Roma patients need different care?" A brief step-by-step guideline for clinical practitioners. Int J Public Health 2019; May 21. doi: 10.1007/s00038-019-01246-9. 
 
Filakovska Bobakova D. Challenges for research, policy and practice in the field of Roma health. Int J Public Health 2019; May 22. doi: 10.1007/s00038-019-01254-9.
 
Heaslip V, Wilson D, Jackson D. Are Gypsy Roma Traveller communities indigenous and would identification as such better address their public health needs? Public Health 2019; pii: S0033-3506(19)30059-9. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2019.02.020.
 
Kühlbrandt C. Confronting racism in family planning: a critical ethnography of Roma health mediation. Reprod Health Matters 2019;27:1. doi: 10.1080/09688080.2019.1571324.
 

1 For the purposes of this publication, all references, including in the bibliography, to “Kosovo” should be understood/read as “Kosovo (in accordance with Security Council resolution 1244 (1999)).”
About this newsletter
This newsletter is published by the WHO Regional Office for Europe in cooperation with the European Commission – Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) and the Interuniversity Institute of Social Development and Peace at the University of Alicante, Spain (WHO Collaborating Centre on Social Inclusion and Health). It was initiated by United Nation agencies working on Roma issues in Europe and also involves other international partners. The content of the newsletter is provided by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the Council of Europe (CoE), the Roma Integration 2020 - Regional Cooperation Council, the European Council (EC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF).
Financial contribution to the newsletter has been provided by UNDP, UNFPA, OSF, UN Women and WHO.
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