Supporting Roma youth participation, promoting equality of opportunities to participate, and countering the effects of discrimination on young Roma.

Roma Youth Action Plan

Welcome to the website of the Roma Youth Action Plan of the Council of Europe

The Roma Youth Action Plan is a response of the Council of Europe to challenges faced by Roma young people in Europe, particularly in relation to their empowerment, participation in policy decision-making processes and structures at European level, and multiple realities of discrimination.

The Roma Youth Action Plan gives priority to human rights and intercultural dialogue as responses to discrimination and antigypsyism, together with the development and capacity building of Roma youth organisations and movements. Training and capacity building has, thus, an important role in the Roma Youth Action Plan, not only because of what individual Roma youth leaders may learn and develop individually, but also and especially by what they will experience and do together.

Launch of first human rights education manual for young people to combat antigypsyism

The first human rights education manual for young people on combating antigypsyism – racism and discrimination against Roma – was launched on 21 April. The manual – Mirrors - Manual on combating antigypsyism through human rights education – was made public for the first time at a side event on The Roma between memory and rights, during the Council of Europe’s April Parliamentary Assembly session.

Designed to empower 16 to 30 year olds to tackle individual and institutional racism against Roma, the manual provides educators, teachers, trainers and youth organisations with comprehensive educational activities for groups of all types; those with or without Roma participants, as well as mixed groups.

It has been produced as part of the Council of Europe’s Roma Youth Action Plan to help Roma young people participate in political decision-making and to confront the multiple forms of discrimination they face on a daily basis. The overall aim is to boost the inclusion, participation and standing of Roma in the wider community.

If you wish to receive printed copies of the manual please inform us about your address of delivery, number of copies and contact person (with name, surname and phone number).We will be receiving your orders by 15th May at the following email address denis.durmis[@]

- Mirrors – Manual on combating antigypsyism through human rights education

- Press release of the event - English / French

- Press release of Fundacion Secretariado Gitano on the occasion of launching of the manual

- Interview with the author Ellie Keen and Advisory Council on Youth representative Ramon Flores

- Advisory Council on Youth representative Ramon Flores interview for the Spanish news agency

- Alsace20 reportage of the launching event of the manual

Advisory Council on Youth statement for the International Roma Day

The Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe, representing young people in the member states of the Council of Europe, issued a statement on 8 April celebrating International Roma Day.

Acknowledging and celebrating Romani culture and heritage, the Advisory Council on Youth had also shared their concern regarding the difficult situation faced by many Roma in Europe today, including many young Roma.

They called upon European regional and local authorities and youth structures to support the efforts of young Roma to improve European youth and Roma policies and to provide means and tools for the participation of young Roma as full citizens.