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‘Living narratives – come and meet the Roma!’
Strasbourg 4 April 2018
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The Roma and Travellers Team is inviting members of staff and of the Permanent Representations to be swept up in a collection of enthralling stories, even without picking up a book.

On Monday 9 April 2018, the Roma and Travellers Team proudly presents a variety of Roma living books entitled 'Living narratives – come and meet the Roma' in commemoration of 8 April, International Roma Day.

The Living library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Living Library is a place where real people are “on loan” to “readers”. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.

Our Living Library is a great opportunity to hear truly human stories.

No registration needed – just come along – everybody welcome!

International Roma Day commemorates the First World Romani Congress, which took place in Orpington, near London, United Kingdom, on 8 April 1971, adopting the design of the Romani flag and the lyrics and music of the Romani anthem . The Day is an opportunity to celebrate the Roma – Europe’s largest ethnic minority – and their culture. It is also a time to reflect on the discrimination and challenges millions of Roma continue to face in their daily lives in areas such as access to education, employment, housing, and healthcare.


When: Monday, 9 April 2018, 11:00 – 15:00

Where: Council of Europe, Palais de l’Europe, ground floor, in front of the Bar des 12 Etoiles (by the Kiosk)

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.The present is an explanatory footnote, not a definition of Roma and/or Travellers.

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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

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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.

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Contact : Isabela Mihalache

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Online European Database on Roma-related policies and good practices

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Contacts: Malgorzata Rozycka

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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.

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The following websites contain a wealth of reference texts and materials, which will be gradually moved onto the new Roma website: 

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