05.12.2018. ENLARGEMENT REGION GOVERNMENTS EXPRESSED WILL TO SECURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES, DEVELOPMENT AND NON-DISCRIMINATION OF ROMA COMMUNITY

Skopje hosts the third RCC’s Roma Integration 2020 Task Force Meeting

Skopje – Governments of the EU Enlargement region agreed to work on a Regional Declaration on Roma and EU enlargement at the Third Task Force meeting of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)’s Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020) project, held in Skopje. They also agreed to continue and enhance efforts for full equality and integration of Roma in the enlargement region.

“The Declaration will proudly proclaim the will of the region’s governments to secure equal opportunities, development and non-discrimination for the Roma community in the region”, said Orhan Usein, RCC’s RI2020 Action Team Leader on this occasion.

The Declaration is expected to be endorsed by the Ministers responsible for Roma integration in the enlargement region at a high level event scheduled for early March 2019, to be hosted by the Prime Minister of The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the European Commission.

The RI2020 Task Force unanimously decided that the governments will continue the practice on annual reporting  on implementation of Roma integration policies. The region’s governments still need the support from the RCC to improve the internal monitoring and reporting procedures, particularly in establishing coherent monitoring system for regular collection of output and impact data, building capacities to analyse and produce relevant reports and to utilize the data for the different reporting requirements. Furthermore, they  identified the need to digitalize the monitoring and reporting process.  Regional standards for monitoring and reporting of Roma integration process, developed within the RI2020 project, will be further promoted within the region’s governments.

The Task Force also reviewed the overall results of the RI 2020 project and status of the policy measures implementation per each of the priority areas: education, health, housing and employment, along with relevant recommendations for the forthcoming period.

In addition to endorsement of the draft text of a Regional Declaration on Roma and EU Enlargement and report on the RI2020 project results, the National Roma Contact Points amended the Rules of Procedures of the Task Force as per the novelties to be introduced with the new phase of the project, adopted the draft guidelines for Roma responsible budgeting, and initiated development of individual road maps for Roma Integration for each government for the next three years.

The Phase II of the Roma Integration 2020 project, expected to begin in January 2019, will focus on ensuring Roma integration policies are producing the desired results for Roma communities, rather than limiting its effects on the institutional and policy level, as concluded at the meeting. The novelties foreseen in the upcoming three-year phase will include regional analysis on relevant topics, establishing a regional online monitoring tool and sector-specific actions promoting mainstreaming of Roma integration, with particular attention to employment and housing for Roma.

The third meeting of the RI2020 Task Force, gathering the National Roma Contact Points from the EU Enlargement region, civil society representatives, the European Commission, the Open Society Foundations and the RCC, has been organised by the RCC’s RI2020.

Članak preuzet sa web stranice Roma Inegration 2020.

 

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28.11.2018. ODRŽANA RADIONICA SA CILJEM IZRADE PLANA ZAGOVARANJA REYN MREŽE U BIH

Udruženje Kali Sara – Romski informativni centar u partnerstvu sa Centrom za obrazovne inicijative „Step by Step“ i Centrom za zastupanje građanskih interesa realizuju projekat REYN BIH (mreža podrške ranom odgoju i obrazovanju romske djece) BiH. Projekat finansiraju Fonda otvoreno društvo BiH, Unicef BiH i World Visiona BiH

Ciljevi i svrha postojanja ove mreže je u skladu sa postojećim mrežama ovog tipa u svijetu, a to su da posluže kao profesionalna, inkluzivna, obrazovna i razvojna zajednica u okviru koje će sarađivati pojedinci, institucije, profesionalci i predstavnici nevladinog sektora u BiH i rade zajedno kako bi razvili vještine i dobre prakse, uspostave efikasna partnerstva i podrže profesionalni razvoj, a sve sa ciljem da se obezbijedi i posveti dovoljno pažnje i njege svakom djetetu.

Kako bi identifikovali strateške pravce djelovanja REYN BiH mreže, u srijedu 28.11.2018. održana je jednodnevna radionica sa ciljem izrade plana zagovaranja REYN mreže u BiH.

Najvažniji zadatak je bio identifikovanje problema, definisanje ciljeva te određivanje meta i taktika kao osnova za formulisanje kvalitetnog i efikasnog plana zagovaranja.

 

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20.11.2018. ODRŽANA REGIONALNA KONFERENCIJA POD NAZIVOM „INKLUZIVNO OBRAZOVANJE I AKTIVNE POLITIKE ZA NAJBOLJI INTERES DJETETA“

U zgradi parlamentarne skupštine Bosne i Hercegovine, Ministarstvo za ljudska prava i izbjeglice BiH organizovalo je konferenciju u povodu Međunarodnog dana djeteta.

U sklopu prvog panela razgovaralo se na temu „Inkluzivno obrazovanje – upotreba romskog jezika“. Dervo Sejdić predstavnik Kali Sare  upoznao je učesnike  sa procesom standardizacije romskog jezika za zemlje bivše Jugoslavije  koji je Kali Sara – RIC realizirala u periodu od 2010. – do 2012 .godine.  Prof. dr. Rajko Đurić je govorio o važnosti procesa standardizacije i izučavanja romskog jezika kao i Ljuan Koka, koordinator projekta u sklopu kojeg su izrađeni udžbenici za izučavanje romskog jezika. Pored njih na konferenciji su govorili i Dr. Sc. Ljatif Demir o iskustvima Republike Hrvatcke u  procesu uvođenja romskog jezika na Filozofskom fakultetu Svečilišta u Zagrebu, prof. Sejdo Jašarov o iskustvima izučavanja romskog jezika u osnovnim školama u republici Makedoniji, Sokolj Beganaj u republici Crnoj Gori i Jozef Horvat Muc u republici Sloveniji.

Panel se završio sa predstavljanjem istraživanja o (ne) očuvanju i promovisanju romskog jezika, kulture i historije Roma u BiH od strane prof. Lade Sadiković.

Ovaj panel je organizovan u saradnji sa Udruženjem „Kali Sara – Romski informativni centar“ i CARE International.

 

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31.10.2018. SVILANOVIC: ROMANI WOMEN ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE GROUP AND REGION DESPERATELY NEEDS TO ENSURE THEIR ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE

Belgrade – The regional conference on economic situation of Romani women in the European Union enlargement region, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Roma Integration 2020 (RI2020)in cooperation with the Government of Serbia and CARE International Balkans, has started in Belgrade today.

Opening the conference, Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia, Zorana Mihajlovic, under whose auspices the event has been organized, said that the task of every society – both of Serbia and the entire region – is to create equal opportunities, including economic independence for women, and specifically Roma women. Mihajlovic added that, though statistical data in Serbia is not commendable, key steps towards that goal have been made by adopting key documents, and in particular by implementing IPA projects. On the occasion Mihajlovic emphasized the importance of regional approach in overcoming the issues faced by Roma community and in empowerment of Roma women.

“Romani women are the most vulnerable group of all and the region desperately needs ideas on how to ensure their economic independence, how to engage them in education from early age and in employment later, and how to make sure they make their own decisions. Nine out of ten young Romani women at the age of 18 to 24 across the region are neither in education, training, nor employment, as revealed by the 2017 Regional Roma Survey, which is why there is a severe need to invest in their education, employment, economic independence and empowerment“, said RCC Secretary General, Goran Svilanovic, at the opening.

Svilanovic reminded that by ensuring equal opportunities for Roma, the opportunities of others are not taken away; rather that the opportunities that have been taken away from Roma through hidden or even open practices of discrimination, exclusion and marginalization are returned to them. “Integration of Roma is not only one of the important priorities for the enlargement region as part of the EU accession process, it is also a need for our societies, as it reduces social transfers and increases tax revenues”, added Svilanovic.

During the two days, more than 130 government officials, representatives of civil society organizations and international organizations from the enlargement region will hear about the data and the measures to improve the situation of Romani women in employment across the region, especially related to the issues of Roma health mediators, causes of economic dependency from early childhood and youth such as obstacles for education, early marriages and pregnancies, lack of professional orientation, child labour and begging and early socialization of Romani girls. The conference titled “Economic (in)dependence of Romani women: challenges and early causes” will explore the causes and consequences of the economic (in)dependence of Romani women in early childhood and youth, as well as the multi-dimensional discrimination based on sex and ethnicity against them, and propose ways forward for effective employment policies of Romani women in the private and public sector.

Mateja Norcic Stamcar, Deputy Head of the European Delegation to Serbia, stressed that the issue of Roma integration is of utmost importance for Serbia and everyone else in the enlargement region, as well as for EU member states, and that the EU will continue providing financial support to Serbia and the region in order to achieve lasting change regarding this issue.

The conference speakers also include Aksel Ahmedovski, Minister without portfolio responsible for the implementation of the Strategy for improvement of the situation of Roma in The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Sumka Bucan, Regional Director of the CARE International Balkans, Regina de Dominicis, Director of the UNICEF in Serbia, as well as ministerial officials from economies of the enlargement region and representatives of civil society organizations dealing with Roma and gender issues.

 

 

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23.10.2018. ODRŽANA ZAVRŠNA KONFERENCIJA U SKLOPU PROJEKTA „ROMA ACTION II“

Jučer je u Sarajevu održana završna konferencija u sklopu projekta Roma Action II – „Podrška socijalnom uključenju ranjivih romskih porodica u područjima pogođenim poplavama putem izgradnje stambenih jedinica i socioekonomskih mjera s aktivnim učešćem državnih i lokalnih vlasti, kao i drugih interesnih grupa“ koji se realizirao u 9 lokalnih zajednica u BiH u periodu 2015. do 2018. godine, a koje su bile obuhvaćne poplavama 2014. godine.

Projekat su realizirali  Hilfswerk Austria International, Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V MO SEE Sarajevo i Kali Sara – Romski informativni centar uz finansijsku podršku Evropske Unije iz IPA 2013 Fonda.

U sklopu projekta 140 romskih porodica su bile korisnici stambene komponente projekta kroz rekostrukciju ili izgradnju stambenih jedinica po principu socijalnog stanovanja ili unaprjeđenja prateće infrastrukture čime su direktno poboljšani uslovi života romskih porodica, a 104 porodice su dobile podršku u vidu paketa ekonomskih mjera nakon poplava.

U okviru projekta izrađena je Analiza primjene državnog programa za Rome u BiH, finansiran rad radnih grupa i javnih debata, a sve u cilju finalizacije novog Akcionog Plana BiH za rješavanje problema Roma u oblastima zapošljavanja, stambenog zbrinjavanja i zdravstvene zaštite 2017–2020. Akcioni plan je Vijeće ministara BiH usvojilo u julu 2017. godine. Također, u sklopu projekta finansirana je Radna grupa za obrazovanje čiji cilj je bio izrada preporuka za kvalitetniju realizaciju Akcionog plana za obrazovanje Roma i iste preporuke su korištene prilikom izrade novog Okvirnog Akcionog plana za obrazovanje Roma u BiH.  Zbog efikasnije i kvalitetnije izrade novog Akcionog plana, Kali Sara – RIC je angažovala 10 lokalnih istraživača u 10 lokalnih zajednica, kao i koordinatora za izradu AP u Ministarstvu za ljudska prava BiH.

Važan dio projekta odnosio se na osnaživanje romske zajednice kroz olakšavanje pristupa i informisanje o pravima i jednakim mogućnostima, s posebnim fokusom na obrazovanje i socio–ekonomska prava. Održan je niz radionica i sastanaka sa predstavnicima romske zajednice i svih nivoa vlasti u BiH.

Lokalne zajednice i ministarstva koja su učestvovali u realizaciji projekta dodatno su razvili svoje kapacitete kako bi i dalje radili na podršci snažnijem i vidljivijem socijalnom uključenju ranjivih romskih porodica.

U komponenti projekta koji je realizirala Kali Sara – RIC učestvovalo je preko 600 osoba, predstavnika institucija vlasti od državnog do lokalnog nivoa i predstavnika međunarodnih organizacija, lokalnih romskih organizacija i romske zajednice.

 

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