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.

Barabaripen - Young Roma speak about discrimination


The Youth Department of the Council of Europe under the framework of the Roma Youth Action Plan is happy to present the publication Barabaripen, where young Roma people share their personal stories about multiple discrimination.

The purpose of this publication is to support the work against discrimination and for human rights of young Roma, and to reaffirm the need for recognizing those groups of Roma young people who face discrimination at several levels, both inside and outside their community.

Barabaripen includes life stories of nine young Roma affected by multiple discrimination across Europe, an analysis of the mechanisms of discrimination and the strategies that young people use in order to tackle it. Barabaripen is also an awareness-raising and educational tool; it includes proposals for educational activities with young people using the life stories and background materials.

Multiple discrimination may still be a recent concept, but its reality is deeply set in our societies. Young people themselves, by telling us their stories with their own words and emotions, represent the humanity, depth, complexity and uniqueness of each life experience.

You can order printed copies of this publication by writing an email to Denis Durmis,, and indicating how many copies you would like to receive, how you intend to use them, and to which address (including a telephone contact) you would like to receive them.

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