UPCOMING 45 years of International Roma Day: Roma Week and Roma Youth Advocacy Training

24 March 2016

This year, April 8 – the International Roma Day is a little more special than before.

April 8, 2016, marks exactly 45 years since the First World Romani Congress, which took place in Orpington, near London. On this historic day, in the presence of 23 representatives of nine countries and numerous observers were accepted the Roma flag and the Roma anthem.

April 8, 2016, also marks one year since the adoption of the resolution of the European Parliament dedicated to the fight against anti-Gypsyism.

To honor the date, the European Roma Grassroots Organisations (ERGO) Network involved in organizing the so-called Roma Week in the European Parliament: a series of events aiming to celebrate the Roma Day. The Roma Week in the European Parliament is organized in cooperation with a number of Roma NGOs and MEPs and will take place within two days: 5 and 6 April 2016.

Within the Roma Week at the European Parliament will be held two public conferences concerning employment among young Roma and anti-Gypsyism. The Week will screen two films and will present two exhibitions on Roma thematic. In addition, during the Week is expected the chairpersons of the political groups of the European Parliament to unite and sign a joint Declaration on combating anti-Gypsyism. The Roma Week in the European Parliament is granted the patronage of the EP Chair  Mr. Martin Schulz. The detailed agenda of all the activities can be found here. The poster can be found here 

Part of the Roma Week is another initiative of ERGOPhiren AmencaternYpe and Foyer vzwTraining on advocacy for Roma youth. From March 31 to April 7, 2016, we gather 30 young Roma from across Europe in Brussels to get acquainted with people who work on the Roma topic in the European Union – representatives of the European Commission and European networks of organizations. The training program provides a working breakfast at which Roma youth and MEPs will be able to discuss together various issues related to Roma. The program of the Roma Youth Advocacy training can be found here

Keep an eye on the web page of ERGO Network for further updates!





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