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Young Europeans Are Challenging Antigypsyism – Training Course on combating antigypsyism through Roma youth participation

European Youth Centre Strasbourg, France 11-16 September 2017
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Young Europeans Are Challenging Antigypsyism – Training Course on combating antigypsyism through Roma youth participation

The European Youth Centre Strasbourg of the Council of Europe is hosting 18 young people during 11-16 September 2017 to discuss and learn about antigypsyism and its impact to the participation of young Roma. The training course on combating antigypsyism through Roma youth participation is organised within the Roma Youth Action Plan project of the Council of Europe.

The training course aims to develop participants’ competences in understanding and responding to antigypsyism and its negative consequences on European Roma youth today and will support the development of initiatives and actions for supporting youth participation and access to rights of young Roma at all levels of society. Participants will explore the inter-connection among antigypsyism and Roma youth participation and will aim to elaborate on the minimum conditions for project development and implementation in combating racism and supporting Roma youth participation.

Antigypsyism is a specific, widespread and complex form of racism towards Roma, which heavily impacts on the social, economic, political and cultural disadvantage of Roma. With Roma youth encompassing a larger part of the European Roma community, it is significantly important that opportunities are available for understanding, analysing and responding to such human rights violations. The participation on young people is an important process, which among other, promotes inclusion, equality and autonomy of young people. It is an approach and opportunity to address the issues of antigypsyism and promote the well-being and social and economic development of young Roma.

The Youth Department of the Council of Europe, through the Roma Youth Action Plan project has been actively working to raise awareness of antigypsyism and its impact on the inclusion and participation of young European Roma. Mirrors –manual on combating antigypsyism through human rights education was developed to provide essential information and methodological tools to address antigypsyism with young people of all ages and in various social setting. The manual is currently available in English, French and Greek. A Bulgarian and Hungarian version of the manual is expected to be produced by the end of 2017.

Podcast recorded with Irina Spataru

Photo gallery on Human Rights Europe Facebook page

Interviews with participants:

Being #Roma and a police officer in #UK - Pete's experience

The fight for visibility- Being an #English Romany Gypsy' with @betsy_mobey of Friends Families & Travellers

The situation of # Roma communities in #Greece

The fight against anti- #roma prejudice

 


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Study visit of the Roma Access Programs of the Central European University to the European Youth Centre Budapest
European Youth Centre Budapest 14 April 2016
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Around 30 students from various European countries currently enrolled at preparatory programmes of the Roma Access Programs have visited the European Youth Center Budapest with the purpose of learning about the work of the Council of Europe as a whole, but also discovering the opportunities available from the Youth Department for young people.

Students were introduced with the work, structure and mandate of the Council of Europe in general with paying a due attention of the organisation’s work in relation to Roma rights. During the second part of the visit students were able to learn more about non-formal education and the specificities of youth work. They participated in an educational activity from Compass the manual for human rights education for young people. At the concluding part of the study visit a presentation was done about the No Hate Speech Movement campaign and the Roma Youth Action Plan. The presentation and the discussion with the students focused on the available opportunities for cooperation, support and learning for young Roma people under the projects but also within the programme of activities of the Youth Department.

 


 

Roma Youth Participation in Action!
http://www.coe.int/en/web/youth-roma/roma-youth-participation-in-action
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Roma Youth Participation in Action!

In case you are eager to learn about real-life best practices of how Roma young people participate and take an active role in their communities, with examples of how this is done, here we are!

A new online publication “Roma Youth Participation in Action” developed by the project team, formed by both researchers and with the input of the Roma youth organisations involved in the Roma Youth Action Plan and of the ROMED programme of the Council of Europe offers good practices, from the local to the European level.

We have strived to keep its style and approach youth-friendly, so that it also speaks to young people and inspires them.

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Read blog entries of young Roma from all over Europe on the No Hate Speech Blog
http://www.coe.int/en/web/youth-roma/respect-the-roma
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On the occasion of the International Romani Day on April 8 members of Roma youth networks, Roma students and activists were invited to share their thoughts, recent experiences or ideas connected to Roma identity, their work or studies.
The aim is to raise the awareness of the wider public about issues that concern young Roma nowadays. We hope that you will find the articles motivating.
The authors were inspired by their everyday impression and challenges they are facing in their activism. At the same time they also bring positive messages on this nice and celebratory day. 

 

„I wish that there will be many Romani young people finding their pieces of puzzle in order to live a decent life“
from A Piece of Puzzle by Denisa Samková

„One of the biggest opportunities that you can get out of life is to go to school and that there are people who believe in us.“
from Education: hard work, but nothing is impossible
by Leila Lázár

“Expressing disagreement with hate speech does not have to be something complicated.”  from Hate speech against Roma and its assimilation into political discourse in Europe by Orsolya Szabó, Phiren Amenca

Please, visit and read the blog here: http://www.coe.int/en/web/youth-roma/respect-the-roma


 

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