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* Shooting underway for ERIO’s video on Roma political participation project
In line with our on-going campaign to foster greater levels of Roma participation in political structures, we at ERIO have begun shooting for a short video inviting young Roma to consider political careers. The video project involves young Roma who seek to inspire a generation to get involved in politics and make a difference to their communities and their countries. The video underlines how a greater representation of Roma in political positions is necessary for the sake of democracy, social equality, and the protection of rights. It is a call to young Roma to be active citizens, to contribute to public life and make their voice heard. The final cut will bring together the video contributions of young Roma from across Europe. Filming has been completed in Brussels, while further contributions from various countries are in progress.

Find out more about our RPP campaign on Roma political participation: http://www.erionet.eu/campaign-roma-political-participation

OTHER news

* How Pop Culture Can Help Roma See Themselves as Survivors

For some young Roma activists, Holocaust commemorations can seem beside the point when Roma today face such urgent problems as unemployment, poverty, and segregation in housing and education.
At Ternype International Roma Youth Network, we believe that these two facets of Roma advocacy—the historical commemoration, and the work of improving the lives of Roma today—are inextricably linked. That’s because many of the Roma people’s current challenges are symptoms of a broader problem: Roma are treated as victims by authorities and much of European society. This is why commemorations of the Roma Holocaust, and of Roma history in general, are an opportunity to connect with Roma youth across Europe, and shift their identity from victims to survivors.
Ternype played a fundamental role last year in getting the European Parliament to recognize August 2 as Roma Genocide Remembrance Day. Now, we need to use such commemorations to reclaim our own voice and our own history.  
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* New UNICEF Report  Uprooted: The Growing Crisis for Migrant and Refugee Children

​The new UNICEF report presents the best available data on child migrants and refugees around the world – where they are born, where they move, and the dangers they face along the way.
Given the size of the full report (available here), please find enclosed the executive summary. The press release on the report launch is available here. Apologies for any cross-posting! Children represent a disproportionate and growing proportion of those who have sought refuge outside their countries of birth: they make up about a third of the global population but about half of all refugees. The report comes in advance of the 19 September UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants and calls for placing children at the centre of discussion. 

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Barefoot beggars of Roma community
​AN uncomfortable animosity is growing in Glasgow towards the tiny number of Roma people involved in what is believed to be organised begging. As our interviews with Scottish beggars shows, even they reserve special ire for Roma beggars. Roma begging is a difficult subject to broach, laced as it is with elements of racism and discrimination against a people who have suffered discrimination and persecution in Eastern Europe for centuries.
Glasgow police warned recently of so-called "barefoot beggars" - men with no shoes hunched on shopping streets and asking for money. Reports indicated that some barefoot beggars, believed to be Roma, had been detained in Glasgow. Chief Inspector Alan Porte, the officer in charge of policing the city centre, spoke of "regular indigenous individuals down on their luck" but of begging as a "relatively organised" category that is "almost as an occupation". He said a high proportion of these latter beggars "would appear to be foreign nationals living in Glasgow".
The Roma remain one of Europe's most marginalised, impoverished groups and suffer racism and abuse across the Continent.

Eva Kourova, 31, from the Czech Republic, is a post-graduate student at Glasgow Caledonian University who has done community work with the Roma community in Govanhill, on Glasgow's southside. "In every community you have people who are better or worse off than others," she said. "The people I work with, especially young people, tend to be progressive, active citizens who do not beg on the streets."

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Report onto the Opinions and Aspirations of Gypsies and Travellers in Relation to education Provision
By Isaac Blake 

​The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is unique as an organisation. We are 100% Gypsy, Roma & Traveller led and managed; staffed by the very community our organisation seeks to serve. We have always been ideally-placed to directly consult with our community on matters of significance. Our deep connection enables trust and a common understanding with the GRT communities that is unrivalled. This is why we are so successful at the ground-breaking work we do with Gypsies and Travellers.
In January 2016, we were very lucky to receive a grant to conduct some research on Gypsy & Traveller caravan sites throughout Wales, focused on gaging the opinions and aspirations of some of the most marginalised, vulnerable and abandoned members of Welsh society. As, I am sure you are fully aware, the gap between Gypsies and Travellers in terms of educational attainment, employment, housing, income, life chances and mortality and the rest of Wales remains significant with many young people abandoned and failed by schools and local authorities who in some cases, make no provision for site-based children at all and are often even totally unaware of the actual numbers of children and young people living on local authority sites.
I am pleased to attach the brief report from the consultation programme that took place between January and May 2016. In particular, I draw attention to page 59 onwards. Please also forward the report onto any contacts that it might interest.

Isaac Blake www.romaniarts.co.uk


* ERIO at the High Level Event on Roma youth empowerment
The EU Slovak Presidency and the European Commission is organizing a High Level Event on Roma youth empowerment which will take place on October 10-11 in Bratislava. The event will bring together around 200 participants , representing relevant national authorities from the EU Member States, enlargement countries,international organizations, EU and national level NGOs, Roma and non-Roma youth and media. The conference will focus on promoting the role of Roma youth as a driving force in the Roma integration process. Official opening speeches will be delivered by Ms. Mrs Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, European Commission , Mr Ján Richter, Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of Slovakia and Mr Ábel Ravasz, Plenipotentiary of the Government of the Slovak republic for Roma Communities. ERIO representative will present the organizational experience in working with Roma youth and their role in advocacy for access to education and employment at national and local level.
Join the The European Roma Media Network!

The European Roma Media Network was an outcome of ERIO’s conference “Media: a key tool to fight hate speech and anti-Gypsyism” organised on 23 June 2015 in Brussels. The ultimate goal of this informal Network is to join efforts to invert the role of the media as a tool to fight anti-Roma sentiments and anti-Gypsyism. The media has a crucial role in combating racism and stereotypes about the Roma. This can be achieved with an ethical and critical journalism which aims to raise awareness and provide a greater understanding regarding Roma issues.
The role of the Network is to provide an online platform for different stakeholders to exchange information and ideas about good practices and to discuss possible challenges and opportunities in tackling negative stereotypes and hate speech in the media. A parallel objective of the Network is to monitor and react to hate speech and negative portrayal of Roma in the media and address the responsible authorities.Who can join? Members of the Network should be journalists (Roma and non-Roma), media experts or NGOs working on media.

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