Brainstorming meeting for the 5th International Roma Women Conference –results
The brainstorming meeting revealed issues of discrimination against Roma women and girls in the areas of education, employment, health care and access in public spaces in the context of identifying possible interest areas for the agenda of the 5th International Roma Women’s Conference.
Brainstorming meeting for the 5th International Roma Women Conference
With the kind support of the Finnish Government, and together with the Turkish Government, the Council of Europe will organise on 19 March 2014 a brainstorming meeting with Roma women in Istanbul to discuss the possibility of joint efforts to organise the 5th International Conference on Roma Women in 2015. The aim of the 2015 International Conference is to take stock of various initiatives benefitting Roma women and build on follow-up activities and action by Roma women and the Council of Europe. It also aims to raise awareness on the priorities of Roma women in Turkey and create the space for joint action and policy development on Roma women at national level. This brainstorming meeting is a follow-up to the 4th International Conference on Roma Women held in Helsinki in September 2013.
Round table on empowerment of Romani Women in Moldova
Round table on Romani Women’s political participation at national and local level: follow up event to the Helsinki 4th International Romani Women’s Conference took place on February 24, in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.
Expert Meeting on the "Roadmap for implementing the Strategy on Romani Women's Issues (2013-2020)", Strasbourg 17 February 2014
A follow up event to the Helsinki 4th International Romani Women’s Conference is taking place in Strasbourg on the 17th February 2014 gathering 15 Roma women, experts in the Romani Women Issues from Romania, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Ukraine, Finland, Turkey, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Republic of Moldova and “the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”. It intends to take stock of the results of the Finnish Conference and build on the conclusions and recommendations made by the Romani Women present during the Conference. The aim of the meeting is to elaborate a Roadmap for implementing the Strategy on Romani Women’s Issues (2013-2020) which will be implemented by Romani women with the support of other Roma activists, international organisations, governments and other stakeholders.
4th International Conference of Roma Women
Acting now for an equal future
More than 150 Roma women from across Europe are meeting in Helsinki from 16-17 September to discuss ways of improving the situation for themselves, their families and their communities. Among the main aims of the 4th International Roma Women's Conference are drawing up a strategy, underlining the importance of involving women in policy implementation, and improving networking between Roma women and other groups working for gender equality. The meeting's agenda has been set by the women who are taking part.
The conference will be opened by former Finnish President Tarja Halonen. Opening speakers include Paavo Arhinmäki, Minister for Sports and Culture (Finland), Aasrud Rigmor, Minister of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs (Norway), Erik Ullenhag, Minister of Integration (Sweden) and Anina Ciuciu, a Roma author from France/Romania. Representing the Council of Europe, which is co-organising the conference together with the Finnish government, will be Jeroen Schokkenbroek, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma issues. The European Union will be represented by Jan Truszcynski, Director General of the EU Commission's Directorate General of Education.
Council of Europe study visit for roma women
The Council of Europe is pleased to offer a two month study visit to Roma women activists\young professionals at the Council of Europe, Strasbourg-France. Applications should reach the Council of Europe Secretariat until 10th of January 2014
Preparatory meeting for the 4th International Conference of Roma Women
Replies to a questionnaire needed to prepare major conference next year on Roma women
To best prepare for the 4th International Roma Women’s Conference the Finnish government, with the assistance of the Romanian National Center for Roma Culture, has drafted this questionnaire to gather informed opinions on the themes and the key issues to be addressed at the conference. Interested partners are requested to answer the questionnaire by 12 September 2012.
Questionnaire results – which will facilitate participation of European Roma women associations and other relevant conference partners – will be presented at a preparatory meeting for the conference to be hosted by the Romanian government in October this year in Bucharest.
Roma School Mediators
The Council of Europe has signed an Administrative arrangement with the Greek NGO Elpida to ensure the implementation of a 3-month long activity dealing with the pre-school, primary and secondary school education of 300 Roma children notably by engaging the assistance of 5 Roma women - school mediators. The results of the project will be presented to a regional seminar organized by the Greek Ministry of Employment, the Ministry of Education and the Council of Europe in June 2010 in Xanthi (Greece).
1st International Roma Women’s Rights Conference
The 1st International Roma Women’s Rights Conference, in Stockholm, on 3-4 December 2007, provided a forum for discussion about the challenges Romani women face. It was an opportunity to share information and good practices between policymakers and Romani Women's Networks across Europe. It was co-organised by the Swedish Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality, the Council of Europe and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. The core themes of the conference were: Romani Women's Rights, Combating Trafficking, Respecting Reproductive Rights and Roma Access to Public Health Care. One of the outcomes of the conference was the Declaration of Romani Women Networks at the international level where they expressed their concerns over the persistent discrimination and exclusion of the Romani communities and called upon governments to adopt appropriate policies and measures to effectively address the multiple discrimination faced by Romani women, and ensure the full implementation of Council of Europe Human Rights Conventions and Charters, United Nations Covenants and Conventions and EU directives.