NEWSLETTER  November 2017

“Fighting discrimination and anti-Gypsyism in education and employment in EU” (PAL)


PAL project manager, Valere Awouters, participated at 2 important European meetings. The European Platform for Roma inclusion is an important forum for concerted actions of all relevant stakeholders for the economic and social inclusion of Roma people in Europe. The Platform contributes to making both European and national policies more sensitive to Roma needs, #RomaEU.

The second event was the Working Roma project. During this meeting an official decision was made: all the partners of the Working Roma project applied and been accepted as part of the PAL network.



Not only poverty, unemployment, discrimination. PAL partners detected more than 40 stories of Roma people who achieved their goals through manual skills, intellectual capabilities, family and group support, physical effort provision, informal education centered on success, etc.

PAL WEB SITE – Success stories


How much do you know about the largest minority in Europe? 6 million live in the EU. Most of them are EU citizens.

PAL Project what we do?

Project PAL – The colors of Europe


Help to speed up Roma social inclusion. We want to support Roma youth participation at different levels, by gathering qualitative data about approaches and practices of Roma youth and supporting initiatives where Roma participation is key to long-term change.

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Call to action: Bring children together for diversity

On the 10th anniversary of the landmark judgment: on 13rd November 2007, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the children had suffered discrimination in education, banned under international and European law.

In addition to the legal obligations of States to implement European equality law and the international human rights treaties to which they are parties, the “no one left behind” spirit of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda provides a compelling impetus for a renewed commitment to bring children together for inclusive education.

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Addressing the challenges Roma women face

The sixth International Roma Women’s Conference took place from 6 to 7 November at the Council of Europe.

It focused on the challenges and barriers of political representation and participation of Roma and Traveller women. The Agency presented selected research findings on the persistent gender gap and examples of Roma women empowerment drawing from its work on Local engagement for Roma Inclusion.

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CAHROM study visit on the topic of forced marriage

25.11.2017 On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Roma and Travellers Team of the Council of Europe is pleased to announce that a study visit of experts from Albania, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania will be organised in London on 7-8 December 2017 in co-operation with the British Government on the topic of forced marriage. Discussion on child and/or forced marriage within Roma communities, which will be an opportunity to take stock of developments and follow-up to a CAHROM thematic visit on child and/or forced marriage within Roma communities which  took place in Romania in April 2015 and of an international “Seminar on forms of violence against Roma and Traveller women and girls” which took place Strasbourg, France, in December 2016.

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Supporting Roma feminism in Spain

18.11.2017 The first Congress of Roma feminism in Madrid was attended by Roma women and men from different parts of Spain, and was organised by an organisation of young Roma feminists with the support of the Madrid City Council, the Open Society and FRA. The Agency has been supporting, as part of its Local Engagement for Roma Inclusion project, the preparation of the congress and previous meetings with Roma women in different cities across Spain. The project in Spain focused on gender equality and included the development of several videos on gender-based violence and women’s rights.

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Roma recognized as a National Minority in Albania

13.11.2017 Roma in Albania are officially recognized as a national minority according to law No.96/2017 on the “Protection of National Minorities in the Republic of Albania”, which was adopted on 13 October 2017 by the Albanian parliament.

This new formal recognition marks a very important achievement for Roma in Albania, granting them rights guaranteed by this law, which raises the level of their protection in comparison to their previous legal status as ethno-linguistic minority.

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Students in a Role Diplomat

The 2nd Pan-Hellenic Student Simulation of UN Human Rights Committees entitled “Students in a Role Diplomat” will be held from 15 to 17 December 2017 in Thessaloniki, at the premises provided by the Mandoulides Educators.

The event is organized by the social enterprise “ROI” for educational, social and charitable purposes.

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Romani Identities, Histories and Ethnicity

CEU Romani Studies Program is organizing an Open Lecture in the Identity and Leadership Series by Dr. Adrian Marsh, Researcher in Romani Studies, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, Turkey. The lecture will take place in Budapest on 4 December.

The lecture will examine the differing identities adopted by Romani and Traveller communities, particularly those groups outside of the ‘usual’ purview of European Romani scholarship and activism – the Romani and Traveller communities in Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt and the Middle East on the one hand, and those in the British Isles and Scandinavia, on the other.

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Push Education Training IN ROMANIA

6-10.11.2017 The activities, implemented by AHEAD Association, took place in a poor community located in the Zarnesti area, Brasov County. These activities had as beneficiaries 100 mothers and 100 children aged 7-13 years old.

Activities for mothers included the following topics: The Second Chance Program – Presentation of the curriculum of the Program, explanations of adaptability at the learner level, presentation of information about the institution that runs the Second Chance Program in their home area. Good practices – Motivational exposition and presentation of success story: Damian Draghici, Banel Nicolita and Nuti Maria.  Activities for children included: Visiting a zoo and Psycho-educational activities that have the following purposes: developing personal identity, stimulating decision-making and character development, developing language and stimulating communication.