Roma women’s power - Fostering the Inclusive Participation and Economic Empowerment of Roma women in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus

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ABOUT THE PROJECT RWP

Roma Romen’s Power - Fostering the Inclusive Participation and Economic Empowerment of Roma women in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus

The central activities include establishing a Regional Network of Roma Women in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, training of Roma women and girls for political participation through of the Roma Women’s Regional Operative Program and increasing Roma women’s and girls’ employability through the Program.

The entire project is based on the acknowledgement that Roma women and girls face multiple and intersectional discrimination as a result of their gender, poverty status, and belonging to an extremely vulnerable community. As such, the project aims both to reduce inequality and to promote gender equality.

The project will be carried out by the Deaconess Foundation, the main organization working with Roma migrants in Finland, and the three Roma women organisations from Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus. The principal beneficiaries are app 1200 vulnerable Roma women and girls (over 16 years) in three countries. Other beneficiaries are 9 Roma CSOs, public administration in 30 municipalities, and 90 companies with potential jobs for Roma women and girls, in the three countries.

Output 1

Capacitate and support regional and national CSO’s and stakeholders to establish measures to advance gender equality and Roma

Output 2:

Expand Roma women’s opportunities for participation and economic empowerment through the development and establishment of the Roma Women’s Regional Operative Program 

Output 3:

Expand Roma women’s opportunities for participation and economic empowerment through the development and establishment of the Roma Women’s Regional Operative Program


International Roma Day is an opportunity to look at Romani women inclusion at Regional level

Roma women from three different countries (Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus) united into Regional Network of Romani Women in 2019 to fight against social exclusion, lack of political participation, unequal access to employment and gender discrimination.

We call

on government of the three countries to fulfill all international obligations in the area of combating racial discrimination and gender inequality.

We commit

to jointly work on stimulating national authorities and allocating adequate human resources, for the implementation of policies for improving the situation of vulnerable Roma women and men.

We recommend

to all stakeholders at national and Regional level too design gender-sensitive objectives for post-2020 Roma Strategy and to promote rights of Roma women.

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testimonial

“They will receive training, mentoring, guidance, traineeship, start-up money for establishing an enterprise, and so on. Attitude management will also be done broadly in their communities and in society as a whole to reduce discrimination against Roma,”

Christina Nyback

“For the majority, this is the first ever traineeship and work contract. This has a huge impact on the women’s self-esteem. The social structures, attitudes and gender stereotypes sustain discrimination and prevent Roma women to access for example, employment, health or childcare and social services. As a result, the possibilities to participation in public and political life are non- existing or minimal”

Anca Enache

NEWS

The Roma Women’s Project is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland 2019–2022. The Deaconess Foundation carries out work to improve the human rights of Roma communities both in Finland and in different Eastern European countries and in the Western Balkans.