Awareness-raising campaign: “DOSTA!(1)”
a Romani word meaning "enough", is an awareness raising campaign which
is aimed at
bringing non-Roma closer to Roma citizens.
"Dosta" means that we want to stop prejudices and stereotypes, not by denouncing
them but by breaking them, showing who the Roma really are. They are not perfect,
of course, but "who is?". What is sure is that the Roma are European citizens: they
form a group of about 12 million people and can be found in almost all Council
of Europe member states; in some Central and Eastern European countries, they
represent over 5% of the population.
Being European citizens means that Roma not only have duties but also rights and
aspirations like everybody else, and therefore their citizenship and human
rights must be recognized. Furthermore, Roma culture is a rightful part of
Europe’s cultural heritage: it has always contributed to the enrichment of
European societies. It is now time to recognize this contribution.
A better life is everyone's right!
The Dosta campaign started as part of a
wider Council of Europe/European Commission Joint Programme "Equal Rights and
Treatment for Roma in South Eastern Europe" and has been implemented in Albania,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Republic of Serbia, and "the former
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", during 2006 and 2007.
Launched as a regional
campaign, Dosta! soon raised the interest of other Council of Europe Member States.
Consequently, in 2008-2009, the Council of Europe/European Commission anti-gypsyism
campaign was adapted and launched in Ukraine and Moldova, as well as opened up to
partnerships in other Council of Europe member States. Although European
countries have different policies towards the Roma, different cultural patterns
and social standards, the messages "Dosta!" wants to convey are the same for
them all. We are all different, but it doesn't make a difference!
Dosta! is a Council of Europe awareness-raising campaign on Roma, implemented
with funding by the European Union (50% of co-financing.
More information available at :
means "Enough" into Romani.