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Working with Roma to improve their own lives

There are ten to twelve million Roma and Travellers in Europe spread across practically all the Council of Europe's member countries.

The Council of Europe's main objective is to encourage its members to take a comprehensive approach to Roma issues. This involves three main priorities - protecting minorities, combating racism, anti-gypsyism and intolerance and preventing social exclusion.

One of the fundamental principles guiding this approach is participation of the communities concerned, through Roma and Travellers representatives and associations.

Since 1995, the Committee of Experts on Roma and Travellers (MG-S-ROM) has been tasked with advising member states and encouraging international authorities to take action where needed.

Its role complements that of the Secretary General's Co-ordinator of Activities concerning Roma, responsible for promoting co-operation with other relevant international organisations and developing working relations with Roma and Travellers issues organisations.

For more information, please Download the leaflet of the Roma and Travellers Division (PDF) or visit the News page.
 

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Forthcoming Activities

Tackling main challenges that Romani women and their communities face today will be the focus of the international conference ''I am a European Roma woman'', in Athens on 11-12 January. The conference will discuss changing negative perceptions of Roma women in the media, eliminating harmful practices such as early marriages and forced sterilization as well as promoting entrepreneurship and economic empowerment of Roma women.

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Working documents:

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Conference Agenda

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Changing Negative Perceptions - Roma Women and the Media

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Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment

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PACE Rec 1872 (2009) The rights of today's girls: the rights of tomorrow's women

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PACE Report 10590 on Forced and Child Marriages

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UNICEF Report on Early Marriage 2005

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Report by Angela Kocze on Missing Intersectionality

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"Our Voices Heard" Conference Report Sweden 2007

 

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Recent Activities
 
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The Fourth Plenary Assembly of the European Roma and Travellers Forum was held on 24-25 November 2008 in Strasbourg. The main focus was the setting up of national member/umbrella organisations in Council of Europe member states, and the adoption of the European Roma Rights Charter, as well as the definition of orientations and priorities for the coming year. A commemoration ceremony for the victims of the Romani Holocaust also took place at the memorial stone in front of the Palais de l’Europe. Speech of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe at the Opening Ceremony.
 

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A meeting of the Informal Contact Group of Intergovernmental Organisations and Institutions on Roma, Sinti and Traveller Issues was held under the French Presidency of the European Union, on 5 December 2008 in Brussels. Meeting report. The report of the latest meeting of the Informal Contact Group, held under the Czech Presidency of the European Union, will be available soon.
 

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Media training on the Roma minority and ethical reporting, Chisinau, Moldova, March 2009. The training  targeted media professionals and focussed on communication and reporting, as well as on Roma cultural features and traditions in order to approach Roma issues, culture and traditions whilst avoiding stereotypical information.

 

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Latest Documents

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The Report of the 27th MG-S-ROM Meeting which took place in Seville, Spain, from 24-27 March 2009, is now available.

 

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Council of Europe / Open Society Institute Roma Internship Scheme

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The Council of Europe in cooperation with the Open Society Institute is pleased to offer three month internships to young Roma students/professionals at the Council of Europe (Strasbourg). Applications for the 2009 session are now open, click here for further details.

 

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Publication of a handbook for lawyers defending Roma and Travellers

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A handbook for lawyers has just been published (more...).
 

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Practical Information

Useful information on Strasbourg, including an access map, hotel list and other useful tourist information, is available here.

 

Latest update: January 2010