"Dosta", a Romani word meaning "enough", is an awareness raising campaign which aims at bringing non-Roma closer to Roma citizens.
"Dosta" means that we want to stop prejudices and stereotypes not by denouncing them but by breaking them, showing who the Roma really are. They are not perfect, of course, but "who is?". What is sure is that Roma are European citizens: they form a group of about 10 million people and can be found in almost all Council of Europe member states; in some Central and Eastern European countries, they represent over 5% of the population.
Being European citizens means that Roma have not only duties but also rights and aspirations like everybody else, and therefore their citizenship and human rights must be recognized. Furthermore, Roma culture is a rightful part of Europe‚Äôs cultural heritage: it has always contributed to the enrichment of European societies. It is now time to recognize this contribution.
A better life is everyone's right!
The Dosta! campaign has been implemented in five Eastern European countries, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", in 2006-2007, as well as launched in Moldova and Ukraine in 2008 and in Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Slovenia in 2009. It is clear that these countries have different policies towards Roma, different cultural patterns and social norms, and different development levels of civil society. However, the messages Dosta! wants to convey are the same for all European countries. We are all different, but it doesn't make the difference!
"Dosta" is part of a wider Council of Europe/European Commission Joint programme.