Mind the Gap –Digital Divide and Roma Empowerment

12 December 2012

Brussels, Belgium, 04.12.12. “Mind the Gap – Digital Divide and Roma Empowerment” public event “bringing Roma realities to Brussels”, organized by ERGO Network and hosted by Ion Enciu, Member of European Parliament (MEP). Meeting was part of the annual ERGO Members meeting, this year dedicated to the RomaReact,  a new digital platform.

Many of ERGO members represented mostly by Reactors, Roma youngsters who are building the digital Roma movement, enjoyed their first visit at the headquarters in Europe. Meeting in the Parliament was also an occastion to celebrate the winners of the first RomaReact.org contest titled MAKE A CHANGE /in the life of a Roma/. The cash prize for the contest was donated by Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Union in charge of the Digital Agenda and ERGO Network.
Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva head of the Stakeholders Unit at DG Connect with the European Commission representing Neelie Kroes said: 'It is the mission of Commissioner Kroes to get Every European Digital. Why? Because soon, 90% of jobs, whatever the sector, will require some level of digital literacy.'

She also added: 'Digital platforms such as RomaReact allow for a meaningful dialogue in a safe environment, to help the members themselves and to help more effectively act at the EU level. This helps to have your voice better heard everywhere.  This helps inspire and empower others too. And I would like to warmly congratulate you for this great initiative and for all achievements!'
Ion Enciu, MEP stressed out the importance of Roma participation in the European Parliament which is also underlined by having a majority of Roma panelists around the table, which he called ‘an example to follow in the future’.
Contestants for Make a change uploaded 51 reports in total to the REPORTS MAP through their Facebook accounts in two categories: 43 photos and 18 videos, from all over Europe. 

To check out the winners of the ‘MAKE A CHANGE CONTEST 2012’ please visit this page: http://romareact.org/news/view/916  

RomaReact.org is a platform empowering Roma communities and is visually mapping Roma realities in order to constructively challenge stereotypes and prejudices that Roma face today. RomaReact is run by ERGO Network with headquarters in Brussels and partners across Europe: with Roma Active Albania we are running romareact.al, with INTEGRO romareact.bg, and with Turkish Young Roma (TRY) we are running tr.romareact.org. The ERGO Brussels office is releasing the Macedonian localization in partnership with Rroma NGO in Macedonia in 2013. ERGO Network’s key partner to build and operate RomaReact.org is TERYNPE, a European Roma youth network taking innovative grassroots actions for the benefit of Roma communities.




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