The term “Roma and Travellers” is used at the Council of Europe to encompass the wide diversity of the groups covered by the work of the Council of Europe in this field: on the one hand a) Roma, Sinti/Manush, Calé, Kaale, Romanichals, Boyash/Rudari; b) Balkan Egyptians (Egyptians and Ashkali); c) Eastern groups (Dom, Lom and Abdal); and, on the other hand, groups such as Travellers, Yenish, and the populations designated under the administrative term “Gens du voyage”, as well as persons who identify themselves as Gypsies.
Sonderbeauftragter des Generalsekretärs für Roma-Fragen
2011 lenkte der Europarat vermehrtes Augenmerk auf Roma-Fragen. Ein unter Leitung von Jeroen Schokkenbroek, dem Sonderbeauftragter des Generalsekretärs für Roma-Fragen, stehendes Team nahm sich des Themas an. Es soll die verschiedenen Projekte koordinieren, die der Europarat nach dem Treffen auf hoher Ebene zu Roma-Themen gestartet hat. Es baut auf der bisherigen Arbeit auf, die der Europarat auf diesem Gebiet geleistet hat, insbesondre in den letzten 15 Jahren.
Public knowledge about the history and culture of Roma is still marginal among ordinary people. National governments and international organisations are trying to overcome segregation, stigmatisation and marginalisation of the Roma and to integrate them into society. One of the keys for integration is education of both Roma and non-Roma. An integral part of this educational process is mutual knowledge about the common history and culture of Roma and non-Roma in Europe.
Football embraces the fight Against Anti-Gypsyism
In September 2016, the Dosta! Campaign joined UEFA’s RESPECT Campaign to reinforce the fight against anti-gypsyism, racism and violence and in particular the violence against women and children.
Furthermore it aims to raise awareness of all aspects of racism and discrimination in football among members of the football family, to propose practical solutions addressing the issue of discrimination in football and to share examples of good practices involving different parties in different settings – e.g. clubs, NGOs and fan groups.
Read more here.
- Thematic Action Plan on the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers (2016-2019)
- Roma-related texts adopted at the Council of Europe
- Estimates on Roma population in European countries
- Descriptive Glossary of terms relating to Roma issues
- First Progress Report (November 2010 - April 2011)
- Roma Youth Action Plan
- Guidelines for Roma Youth Action Plan
- Children's Strategy
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
6th Roma Women Conference
SIXTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF ROMA WOMEN’S POLITICAL PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL, REGIONAL, NATIONAL AND EUROPEAN ELECTIONS
4-5 September 2017
The Sixth International Conference of Roma Women organised by the Council of Europe and the Romanian Government will take place in Bucharest, Romania, on 4‑5 September 2017.
Since 2003, the Roma Women’s conferences have provided the opportunity for Roma women to address, on the international stage, the issues affecting their own and their families’ lives. They have also provided a space where Roma women have kept each other informed of issues concerning them and exchanged experiences.
The Fifth International Conference took stock of the developments since the First International Conference of Roma Women and hosted policy oriented discussions in workshops focusing on the major Roma women’s issues identified at the Helsinki conference. One such issue was Romani women’s empowerment, including in political participation.
The Sixth International Conference will focus on the issue of political participation and aims at obtaining concrete endorsements of Roma women by mainstream political parties. It will examine how to ensure the eligibility of Roma women candidates in local, regional, national and European elections in 2018-2019 through national legislative changes. In that context, it will examine existing electoral Roma / Travellers quota systems and how they could be transcribed into the legislation of our member states so as to increase the representation of Roma women at all levels of government.
The Council of Europe will target countries which envisage elections in 2018 and 2019. Target countries include: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Republic of Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the host country, Romania.
Interpretation at the Conference will be provided in English, French, Romani and Romanian.
If you are interested in speaking at the Conference and/or you are a Roma woman interested in running as a candidate in elections at the local, regional, national or European level in 2018-2019 and belong to one of the countries listed above, and would like to participate, you should first express your interest by sending your letter/e-mail of motivation and your CV to email@example.com before 15 July 2017, in any of the above indicated languages. You will be contacted only if selected to attend the conference. Please note that any of the working languages indicated above constitute a basis for the selection criteria. Please keep in mind that not all those who apply will be able to attend the conference.
 The term “Roma” used at the Council of Europe refers to Roma, Sinti, Kale and related groups in Europe, including Travellers and the Eastern groups (Dom and Lom), and covers the wide diversity of the groups concerned, including persons who identify themselves as “Gypsies”.
For a number of years now, the Support Team has been organising various training sessions, including train-the-trainers sessions, on anti-discrimination and anti-gypsyism for legal professionals and law-enforcement officials. This has been done sometimes in co-operation with the HELP Unit or other units/departments of the Council of Europe. Such training included initial training and in-service training, and has been offered to lawyers, police officers and prison staff.
- The European Convention on Human Rights And Policing: A handbook for police officers and other law enforcement officials
- Council of Europe Assessment of police training needs and practical tools for enhancing the work with Roma and/or Traveller communities
- Second National Action Plan to prevent and combat human trafficking in Ireland
- Effective and Human Rights-Compliant Policing in Roma and Sinti Communities: OSCE/ODIHR Training for Law Enforcement Officers
- FRA training manual Fundamental rights-based police training A manual for police training
Contact : Isabela Mihalache
- Experiencing ROMED: A legacy for improved participation of Roma communities
- ROMED2 Guidelines and Resources for national and local facilitators
- ROMACT Handbook: Manual for Mayors, Local Administrations and Roma wanting to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged Roma
- Handbook for lawyers defending Roma and Travellers
- ROMED1 Trainers’ handbook
- Roma in Europe
Roma women are a quiet but strong force for change, both a change in the fate of their communities' lives, as well as in their condition as women facing multiple discrimination. Empowering Roma women through trainings and international Conferences is among the Council of Europe priorities
DC050(2017) - 8 april 2017
CG030(2016) - 20 October 2016
DC139(2016) - 1 September 2016
strasbourg 7 april 2017
Strasbourg 8 April 2016
geneva 15 june 2015