Celebrating Our Diverse Language Heritage

2017-02-21

Roma, Gipsies, Manushes, Gitans/Gitanos, Kale, Sinte, sa manuśa kaj beśen and-e verver thema and-o sasto sundal, po-but thar 10 milionă sine and-e Evropa, thaj isi panda ki Amerika, Australia, Azia thaj kola. So unisardel savore kadale dźene andar verver thema, kontinentă, regionă, so isi len verver tradicie, aćara, jivoto?

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Dipping Our Toes in the Waters of Intersectionality

2017-02-20

By Benjamin Ignac

Intersectionality is a neologism coined by American civil rights advocate Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw in 1989. It was used to describe the complex and cumulative way that the effects of different forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, and intersect-especially in the experiences of marginalized people or groups. Although it’s been around for a while now, intersectionality is still a word that’s new to many of us. 

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Still un-integrated: Ukraine’s Roma Integration Strategy leads nowhere

2017-02-09

By Volodymyr Navrotskyy

Ukraine’s Roma integration strategy is in need of a complete overhaul; and if the government is serious about Roma inclusion it must take steps to combat anti-Gypsyism and prevent further violence against Roma in rural areas.

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Breaking the glass ceiling: meet the first of a new generation of Romani lawyers at the ERRC

2017-02-07

By Senada Sali

The most common question I am asked these days is how a 25-year-old Romani girl from a small town in Western Macedonia succeeded in developing a legal career in Budapest. Well, I believe that everything happens for a reason…

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Why We Take Forced Evictions to Court

2017-02-03

By Adam Weiss

  1. “Forced evictions are not a Roma rights issue”

That was the prevailing belief at the ERRC about two years ago. Here are some of the reasons the ERRC refused to spend time or money on forced evictions:

  • Evictions are about poverty, not about discrimination.
  • It looks bad. To be more specific:
    • We need stop making Roma look like victims, and instead focus on Roma who do things like fight to integrate their schools.
    • Forced evictions pit Roma lawbreakers against landowners with property rights. (“What if someone decided to live in your garden”, someone who didn’t like our forced evictions work once told me. “I bet you’d call the police”.)
    • We are making it look like Roma want to live in squalor.

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