Supporting Roma youth participation, promoting equality of opportunities to participate, and countering the effects of discrimination on young Roma.
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.
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First Youth Meeting of Roma, Manouche and Gens de Voyage from France
The first meeting of young Roma, Manouche and Gens de Voyage from France will take place during 20-23 October at the European Youth Center in Strasbourg. The event will bring together some 35 young people, aged 15 to 30, from the Roma, Manouche and Gens de Voyage communities.
The purpose of the event is to reflect on identity issues among the communities, learn about human rights and the tools to link with European young people but also to create space for sharing and learning together among the communities. It is expected that participants develop activities and a plan for the future to act as a group.
The young people who will participate in the meeting will be multipliers with other young people. They will make commitments and work together to better represent the issues that young Roma, Manouche and Gens de Voyage identify as important to work on.
The meeting is organised by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe in co-operation with ARPOMT and other Roma organisations, within the framework of the Roma Youth Action Plan.
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.
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