LIVE BROADCAST WEDNESDAY 27 MARCH: Last sessions of the Council of Europe's 7th International Roma Women's Conference
The seventh International Roma Women's Conference concludes today in Espoo, Finland. The plenary sessions are being broadcast online.
The overarching theme is access to justice and rights for Roma and Traveller women. Today's sessions will discuss digitalization as an equalizer for Roma and Travellers, as well as a potential threat.
Speakers from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will discuss "big data" as an avenue of discrimination, while representatives from Spain will discuss how smartphone applications can aid with the reporting of discrimination. Members of the Traveller Movement in the UK will discuss the #Operationreporthate Campaign there, and a Finnish representative will discuss database research on hate crime against Roma in Finland.
The final panel will feature a documentary filmmaker reflecting on distorted media images of Roma and Traveller Women, an artist discussing the "Lupta Femeilor - Women's Fight" project, and members of the management of the European Rom Institute for Arts and Culture discussing that organizations support for Romani women artists and Romani women generally. The contributions of this conference to another Council of Europe event immediately following in Finland on Gender Stereotypes and Sexism will then be summarized.
Yesterday the situation of access to justice for the Romani women who have been forcibly sterilized in the Czech Republic and Slovakia was presented by Elena Gorolová of the Group of Women Harmed by Forced Sterilization (Czech Republic) and Vanda Durbaková of the Counseling Center for Civil and Human Rights, who has represented Romani women sterilized in Slovakia before the European Court of Human Rights. Their contributions highlighted the need for Governments of both countries to develop compensation mechanisms that will reach all of the women affected by these violations.
- Slovakia: Romani women giving birth allege they are subjected to physical violence, racism in hospitals
- ROMEA to Czech President: Romani life in communist Czechoslovakia included forced assimilation, forced sterilization of women, segregated education
- Czech local elections see at least 150 Romani men and women running
- Illegally sterilized Romani women from Slovakia and the Czech Republic launch online petition as part of their fight for justice
- UN tells Czech Republic to improve Romani integration, compensate illegally sterilized women
- UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe welcomes Czech Govt genocide site buyout, calls for illegally sterilized women to be compensated
- Antigypsyism and antisemitism rooted in European culture for centuries, experts discuss the causes of online hate
- Araceli Cañadas Ortega: Romani women are the roots that feed our communities with care and love
- Romani woman on the front lines of COVID-19: Interview with a nurse in the Czech capital
- Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe calls for Romani living conditions to be improved during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe rapporteur: Instead of aiding Romani people during COVID-19, some European politicians are promoting antigypsyism
- EUobserver on how anti-Roma racism is being exploited during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Forced sterilizations in Europe and the USA and their consequences for today
- Czech bookstore fires clerk for racially insulting Romani colleague on social media
- Slovak court compensates illegally sterilized Romani woman after 15 years
- EU Fundamental Rights Agency to publish results of research with Roma and Travellers in six EU Member States
- Czech student resigns from academic senate after his racist past is revealed
- Iulius Rostas: Operationalizing the concept of anti-Gypsyism for policy design