Me, My Wall, Our Future!

22 August 2014

ERGO Network calls for you, young Roma, to take action, denounce and share with RomaReact.org the walls that you face in society impeding you to become equal citizens!

Participate and share it with your friends!

Denounce your wall, take an action around it, engage your friends on social media, win and travel to Brussels! If you missed the past RomaReact.org contest, then this is your chance to make your voice heard!

Which Walls should we denounce By “Walls” we refer to the physical walls built to segregate Roma citizens from their non-Roma neighbours, as well as the mental walls in people's minds or in the society, walls that constitute an obstacle to enjoy equal citizenship.

To participate, just follow three easy steps:

1st Step: Illustrate your wall with a story board of 3 images or 1 creation (photo, painting, drawing, comic strip or video) and its description containing the following three elements:

  • ME: a picture that represent yourself and/or your life;
  • MY WALL: picture your wall (physical or mental);
  • OUR FUTURE: picture your action around the wall (make a symbolic action to take down the wall, involve other Roma and/or non-Roma)

2nd Step:  Send your pictures or creation to us via email: romareact@gmail.com, the deadline is the 5thOctober 2014!

 3rd Step: We will upload your creation of the RomaReact platform and we will share it on our Facebookaccount. You can promote it among your friends to win one of the prizes! So, promote your creation and wait to hear the results! If you win, we will see you in Brussels to celebrate together the 25th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall fall.

Winner selection and announcement:

The contest, for the first year will have two winners:

- Expert selection: One will be selected by a jury composed by 1 RomaReact team delegate, 1 ERGO Network team delegate, 1 external expert;

- Facebook selection: One will be chosen by the public on Facebook: the criteria will be the number of likes that your entries will receive. All the entries will be posted in an album on the RomaReact Facebook Profile with the only exception of the video entries that will be posted separately as posts. Once the entry submitted through romareact@gmail.com, it will be posted on our Facebook page. You can invite your friends and promote your work until the 5 October 2014 when the Facebook competition will end.

The two winners will be invited to Brussels to participate in the ERGO network activities in the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall where you will have the space to present your work and share your message.  All costs (travel, accommodation, food) will be covered.

What is this contest about?

On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Berlin Wall fall, ERGO network is calling for your contribution for the contest “Me, My wall, Our Future” with the aim of highlighting the voices of young Roma, to map the mental and physical walls that have been built in Europe to segregate Roma Citizens and to show a possible way to build a better future. Share your story, your wall and your ideas for a better world and let everyone see, through your own eyes, who the Roma are, and help us fight anti-Roma prejudice and discrimination.

The contest is open from 10 of August and will close on 5 October 2014. One winner will be selected by a committee of experts and the other one by people on Facebook. The winners will be announced on 10 October 2014 and be ready to fly in Brussels to celebrate together the Berlin Wall fall and present your work!

The contest is part of the ERGO Network “Wall Free Europe” Campaign aims at visualizing and end the Roma apartheid in Europe. ERGO launched its “Wall Free Europe” Campaign around the 3rd European Roma Summit, held in Brussels on the 4th of April 2014. Here we were asking for the removal of the walls and gaining attention for the increasing anti-Gypsyist and racist sentiments in Europe.

Please in order to take part to the RomaReact Contest 2014, read carefully the Terms and Conditions and submit your entry (and a short description), and  your personal and contact details (name, surname, age, country of residence, postal address, email address, phone number) to romareact@gmail.com by the latest 5 October 2014!

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