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* Social inclusion project gives underprivileged Roma second chance
By Daily Sabah

Turkey - Two years after its launch, the Technical Assistance for Promoting Social Inclusion in Densely Roma Populated Areas (SIROMA) was concluded yesterday with a ceremony attended by Roma citizens who benefited from the program.

Funded by the Turkish government and the EU, SIROMA, with a budget of more than 10 million euros, reached out to the Roma community whose inherent poverty and discrimination they encounter are among their major challenges.

Some 2,000 people from the community were enrolled in vocational training courses and 1,014 Roma citizens attended literacy classes as part of the project.

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* Council of Europe pledge to promote gender equality for Roma and Traveller women in politics
By Council of Europe

The Council of Europe pledge takes into account that electoral quotas are often an effective means of achieving significant, rapid progress, provided that they are correctly designed and consistently implemented.

 It invites political parties to promote gender equality and the participation of women from minority groups, in particular Roma and Traveller women, in decision-making bodies and in political representation in future European, national, regional and local elections.

A Council of Europe report last month determined that too few member states meet minimum quotas of female participation in public decision making.(I can’t open the link to the report)

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* Training of the staff of the female prison of Sliven, Bulgaria
By Council of Europe

From 31 October to 2 November 2017, the Roma and Travellers Team organised training for 25 staff members of the sole female prison in Bulgaria. The training provided an overview of various penitentiary systems in Europe, ways of tackling non-discrimination, LGBT-phobia and anti-gypsyism. The staff had also an introduction to working in teams, efficient communication, work ethics and behaviour code, standards of working in a female prison, as well as working with women with special needs.

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