Seminar / Conference
16-18 November 2016 | Bonn, Germany
The 1st participation lab of “Ignite the spark” explores how we can empower underrepresented groups for participation in democratic life. In this lab we want to learn, share and experiment what youth workers and multipliers could do to be helpful in this.
Around 400 people attended the interview with Valeriu Nicolae conducted by the young Roma activist at the Occhio ai Media at the Interazionale Festival in Ferrara.
“Racism needs to be fought together by all of us. We need to be specific about fighting anti-Gypsyism as anti-Roma racism is so much ingrained within our societies that many times is not even perceived anymore as racism.”
At the end of the event those present – a good number of them journalists wished to endorse the Respect – Stop Anti-Gypsyism campaign.
The ex- European Union’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Dacian Ciolos has been a constant supporter of targeted actions for the most vulnerable groups. His government has introduced an anti-poverty plan which includes measures that will impact positively Roma communities. Since he became the head of the Romanian government he had a number of strong declarations against racism targeting Roma and supporting Roma inclusion. The campaign has been endorsed previously by a number of high rank Romanian dignitaries and four ministers.