International Women’s Day: the status of Romani women and girls in 2014

Written by Secretariat on .

On the occasion of the International Women's Day, Phenjalipe (1), the Informal Platform of Romani Women, the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) (2) and the Council of Europe under DOSTA! Campaign (3) are inviting you to participate in a meeting on the status of Romani women. The event will take place on 12 March 2014 in the Agora building in Room G06 from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm (see programme below).

The aims of the meeting are to raise awareness on the ongoing obstacles and challenges of Romani women in their daily lives, take stock of positive developments at policy and community level and to encourage Council of Europe action for the advancement of the status of Romani women and girls.

The International Women's Day is a day dedicated to recognising the struggles of women around the world and celebrating their diversity and achievements. It is a day to call for change and to acknowlegde acts of courage and determination by women who have played a significant role in the lives of their communities and societies.

(1) Phenjalipe is an Informal Platform of Romani Women launched in September 2013 at the 4th International Romani Women's Conference in Helsinki, which supports the implementation of the conference outcome document, the Strategy for the Advancement of Romani Women and Girls, 2014-2020 and further facilitates exchanges of information and coordination at regional level on issues related to Romani women and girls.
(2) The European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF), which has a partnership agreement with the Council of Europe and a special status with this institution, is Europe's largest and most inclusive Roma and Traveller organisation. It brings together Europe's main international Roma-NGOs and more than 1,500 national Roma and Traveller organisations from most of the Council of Europe member states. Since 2013 the ERTF is organising jointly with the DOSTA! Campaign a series of thematic-oriented meetings.
(3) "Dosta", a Romani word meaning "enough", is an awareness raising campaign of the Council of Europe which aims at bringing non-Roma closer to Roma citizens and fighting prejudices against the latest.


09:30 - 09:45
Chair: Eleni Tsetsekou, Equality Division
Opening remarks
Robert Rustem, Head of Secretariat, European Roma and Travellers Forum

09:45 - 10:00
The situation of Romani women: obstacles, challenges and perspectives, Isabela Mihalache, Phenjalipe

10:00 - 10:15
"Early Marriage in Roma Communities", Robert Rustem, ERTF

10:15 - 10:30
Representation and participation in elected bodies and public administration of Romani women, Lucie Horvathova, leader of the Green Party candidate list in 2010, Czech Republic

10:30 - 10:45
Coffee break

10:45 - 11:00
Romani Women as a factor of change, Romani Platni, Monika Garay, Hungary– through video conference

11:00 – 11.15
The overrepresentation of Romani women and girls as victims of trafficking, Judit Geller, European Roma Rights Centre – through video conference

11:15 - 12:15

12:15 -12.30
Concluding remarks