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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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”.
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.