Empowering RST in Belgium, phase 1

AUTONOMISER LES COMMUNAUTÉS DES ROMS ET GENS DU VOYAGE EN BELGIQUE, PHASE 1

(EMPOWERING THE ROMA AND TRAVELLERS COMMUNITIES IN BELGIUM, PHASE 1)

August 2011 - July 2012
This project was funded by the Belgian programme Fonds d’impulsion à la politique des immigrés (FIPI) during August 2011-July 2012. The project consists of the establishment of a Belgian Roma, Sinti and Travellers (RST) Council which will be an important tool and link between the various communities and the government.

The project aims to:
  • ensure equal participation of RST in the Belgian society;
  • empower RST communities in Belgium;
  • ensure the basis for a constructive dialogue between RST and Belgian authorities;
  • ensure an agreement and better cooperation between RST communities and Belgian local, regional and federal authorities.


Project outcomes:
  • RST actively cooperate more with authorities and are motivated to support Roma related policies and structures,
  • A greater number of RST in Belgium know, agree and support a Belgian RST Council,
  • A greater knowledge of Belgian RST about the European Framework Strategy,
  • Strong input by Belgian RST to the development of a Belgian Roma Strategy,
  • Local and regional authorities more aware about and support the initiatives of a Belgian RST Council and a European Framework Strategy,
  • Support of local and regional authorities for the development of a Belgian Roma Strategy in which design they will be involved,
  • RST communities in Belgium feel more empowered and support integration activities,
  • RST women and youth more active in the societal processes,
  • Belgian society better informed about RST, their problems lifestyle and culture,
  • Media actions: articles in the media, press releases,
  • Publications,
  • Prepared ground for the establishment of Belgian RST Council.
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