Despite clear court rulings condemning school segregation, Romani girls and boys are segregated in perversely creative ways – within classrooms, between classes, and between schools. A big part of the problem is that courts and other decision makers have been willing to acknowledge school segregation, but have not ordered specific desegregation remedies. School segregation stigmatises Romani youth and reproduces disadvantage by preventing the next generation of Roma from realising their potential.
In European societies, girls already suffer disadvantage in school and elsewhere, and school segregation creates extra obstacles for Romani girls seeking to realise their full potential. We support litigation that will identify segregated schools and make officials implement desegregation plans. We are also supporting cases about other kinds of discrimination Romani pupils face in school.