ERGO presents reference paper on Antigypsyism at CAHROM

ERGO Network presents Reference paper on Antigypsyism at the meeting of CAHROM

The 5th co-ordination meeting between international intergovernmental organisations organized by the AD HOC COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS ON ROMA AND TRAVELER ISSUES (CAHROM) in cooperation with the Governmental Office for Roma Affairs of the Czech Republic took place on 31 May in Prague. It was supported by ERGO member Slovo 21 and was organized during the International Roma Festival Khamoro.

Representatives of the Council of Europe, the Council of Europe Development Bank, the European Commission, the Fundamental Rights Agency, OSCE/ODIHR, UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank, representatives of national governments and relevant actors involved in the Roma issues participated in the meeting.

ERGO Director Jamen Gabriela Hrabanova presented the reference paper on antigypsyismand the “Roma Civil Monitor”, a project on shadow monitoring and capacity building run by Central European University together with the European Roma Rights Centre, Roma Education Fund, Fundacion Secretariado Gitano and ERGO Network.

The CAHROM took note of the reference paper and shared it with all CAHROM members. Jamen appealed to the government representatives to tackle systemic antigypsyism in their countries and to make a special effort to include combatting antigypsyism into their national strategies. This appeal was even more relevant as the CAHROM set up an international Task Force on Anti-Gypsyism under the Czech Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

Leadership and initiatives in local communities

Leadership and initiatives in local communities- leadership program for young Roma and Roma women in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Citizen’s Association for the Promotion of Education of Roma OTHARIN, ERGO Network member from Bosnia and Herzegovina, organized  from 1-4 June 2017 a workshop dedicated to building leadership programs and initiatives in Roma communities for young Roma, with a special focus on Roma women in the framework of the “Project young Roma and Roma for the rights and inclusion“.

The project is implemented and led by CARE International together with OTHARIN and other Roma NGOs from BIH and is funded by the EDHR instrument. The project aims for a better integration of Roma people in the society with a focus on the rights of Roma women and leadership skills.

The outcome of the workshop is a network of young Roma and Roma women who learnt new methods on how to initiate projects and on community planning. For the next 2 years of implementation OTHARIN together with its partners will help the trained young people to run several small actions in  Roma communities and strengthen their leadership skills and knowledge.