Launch of the Regional Campaign “Most Roma Friendly Mayor” in the Western Balkans and Turkey
We are launching the 2022 call for the regional campaign for the most “Roma Friendly Mayor” in the framework of the project “Romani Women Power of Change in the Western Balkans and Turkey”, implemented jointly by Roma Active Albania and ERGO Network. The campaign aims to increase awareness of and change attitudes towards Roma inclusion and contribute to overcoming the many barriers on the way.
An important part of this campaign is the “Most Roma Friendly Mayor” competition, which is simultaneously implemented in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The award-winning mayors from Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, The Republic of North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey will participate in a special event in the frame of the Roma Week from 16th until 19th of May 2022, in Brussels to meet a high representative from the EU Commission’s Directorate General for Neighborhood and Enlargement (DG NEAR).
The campaign will strengthen the dialogue between municipalities and Roma communities and make best practice examples visible. The selection of the “Most Roma Friendly Mayor” can help communities to make their vision a reality on how municipalities and the Roma community can come together and engage in a dialogue on an equal level.
The campaign will focus on positive examples of Roma integration. Moreover, the selection criteria will emphasize the project philosophy of empowerment, mobilization and equal dialogue between local authorities and Roma communities.
The competition will be open from March 1st until April 15th 2022. An independent jury will be established in each country, and select the winner of the contest based on the given questionnaire.
The partners of the project “Romani Women Power of Change in the Western Balkans and Turkey” will carry out local information sessions to further brief the interested municipalities on the campaign and competition.
- The completed application form (please download it here)
- Articles, news, reports, protocols or any document that support your responses in the application form
- Feedback /assessment from the Roma community regarding the municipality
The application form can be mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or to any of the implementing partners until April 15th 2022, local time 23:59.
- Roma Active Albania
- RROMA, Republic of North Macedonia
- OTAHARIN, Bosnia and Hercegovina
- Zero Discrimination, Turkey
- Voice of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians, Kosovo
- Forum Roma Srbije, Serbia
This activity is implemented in the framework of the project “Romani Women Power of Change in the Western Balkans and Turkey”, financed by the European Union.