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* Time to ensure the full participation of Roma women to build a more equal Europe
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 8 March, ERIO reminds the importance of gender equality and calls for action to improve the situation of Roma women. We welcome the improvements achieved in the long way to gender equality. However, we are strongly concerned by the persistence of deep inequalities affecting Roma women who are confronted to complex and multidimensional forms of discrimination and exclusion.
Read our press release here

OTHER news

* Norwegian, UK, US ambassadors to Czech Republic praise nonprofit and school for Romani inclusion in Trmice
By ČTK, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

The Norwegian Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Siri Ellen Sletner, UK Ambassador to the Czech Republic Jan Thompson, and US Ambassador to the Czech Republic Andrew Shapiro have praised a nonprofit organization and a primary school in the town of Trmice as a good example of how social inclusion should work. Trmice is considered a socially excluded locality; more than one-third of the children attending the local school are Romani.
Marie Gottfriedová, director of the school, told the Czech News Agency after the diplomats' visit that she believes they will all collaborate further. The school has already been cooperating for several years with an educational institution in Great Britain.

Ambassadors: We are interested in the problems of inclusion in practice
"We are interested in the problems of inclusion and how it works in practice. We consider this a very important matter, not just social inclusion per se, but the inclusion of the Romani community specifically. We have seen unbelievable cooperation between pupils and teachers here and enthusiasm coming from both sides," Ambassador Thompson told the press.

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* Serbia: EU-funded project for Roma employment unveiled
By Tanjug

Belgrade, 02/03/2015 - Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali and head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport on Monday unveiled an EU support project for Roma employment. Under it, 100 unemployed Roma who wish to start their own businesses will receive training.
The first step in the implementation of the program is training on the principles of business management, aimed at economic empowerment of Belgrade's Roma, Tanjug reported. One hundred Roma are to undergo training, and the 50 who develop the best business plans will be given the equipment required for work.
The support project is funded by the European Union, and is being implemented in partnership with the City of Belgrade. It is a pilot project designed to encourage self-employment in the Roma population, Mali said at the unveiling of the project at the Belgrade Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

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* Canada: Lawyer admits to negligence representing Roma refugees
By The Star

Roma Hungarian refugee claimants, most now deported, blamed Viktor Hohots’s poor preparation for the failure of their asylum cases.
02/03/2015 - A Toronto lawyer who represented hundreds of Roma Hungarian refugees has admitted to professional misconduct for failing to adequately prepare some of his clients’ claims for asylum. At a disciplinary hearing Monday, Viktor Hohots filed an agreed statement of facts with a Law Society of Upper Canada panel relating to allegations made by 13 complainants, all Roma refugees from Hungary, between August 2009 and February 2012.
Hohots “failed to assume complete professional responsibility for his practice and that he failed to directly and effectively supervise the non-lawyer staff of his law office to whom he delegated the preparation of refugee claims,” he said in his submission. 
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* Commentary: Czech mayor declares war on "inadaptables" again
By Michal Komárek, translated by Gwendolyn Albert

Mayor Jiří Čunek(Christian Democrats) has announced to the Czech News Agency that the town hall in Vsetín is establishing a working group on the issue of "inadaptables" and will "seek measures to make the town calm and safe and options for stopping these groups of inhabitants or individuals from causing problems and tensions in town." The Czech News Agency reports that the mayor believes the town hall needs to review whether its position on rent defaulters or other citizens who have repeated problems with maintaining order might be too generous in some cases.
"We will certainly find cases in which such people will be forced to leave their municipally-owned apartments and maybe even the town itself," the mayor noted. Those are strong words, even for Čunek!
The mayor is saying he will evict people from their apartments and deport them from the town. He is certain he will find people who fit the bill!
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* Urgent: Film Maker Volunteer at European Roma Information Office (ERIO)

Starting date: ASAP
Duration: May-June 2015 (approximately 5 days)
Salary: None – volunteer post
Location: Brussels
Closing date of application: 15 May 2015 at 12:00 (CET)
The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) is looking for a volunteer to participate in a short documentary to be filmed in the context of a European project which aims to improve Roma inclusion in primary schools across Europe. The documentary will consist of several small scenes picturing individuals, Roma and non-Roma, discussing every day topics such as school, sports, family/marriage, food and/or work. The scenes will be filmed in Brussels.

Although this is an unpaid position, the volunteer will have the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience as he/she will be involved with every stage of the pre-production of the documentary (including filming and editing). This will also be a great opportunity for the volunteer to network with other European professionals and film makers from the UK, Italy, Croatia and Bulgaria and to gain practical knowledge of the development of European level projects.
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