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
- Slovak MP insulted Romani people and spread xenophobia, loses his seat after being convicted of felony defamation
- Czech Communist Party chair alleges pork is expensive because the farm on the former concentration camp for Roma was closed, but statistics show he is lying
- Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini faces criticism for calling Romani woman a "dirty gypsy"
- Czech state may finally compensate forced sterilization victims
- Elena Gorolová: Some of the forced sterilization victims have died, but we are still fighting for compensation
- Slovak Police arrest Czech citizen and two Slovak citizens on suspicion of extremism
- Antigypsyist hoax returns to Czech Internet alleging that Roma get free public transportation
- USA: Four-month-old Romani boy is youngest child to be separated from his parents at the border with Mexico
- EP elections bring two Romani men and one Romani woman to Brussels
- Elena Gorolová, who campaigns for compensation for forced sterilization, featured on Czech talk show
- Czech Police say most hate crimes last year were against Roma, number of antisemitic attacks declined
- Commentary: Czech Republic, Slovakia must compensate the victims of forced sterilization while they are still alive