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 Ombudswoman and NGOs appeal to Government to compensate illegally sterilized people
- Czech lower house passes bill to compensate the illegally sterilized, most but not all of whom were Romani women
- Czech bill to compensate forcibly sterilized women passes second reading, as does bill to close institutions for children under three
- Brooke Pavek, an American with Romani roots, has more than 700 000 social media followers
- Two brothers of Radek Banga object to his remarks about Roma in Czech media interview and his portrayal of their family in his book
- Zeljko Jovanovic: The New Roma Politics of Self-Determination and Unity
- Czech parliamentary committee overwhelmingly supports bill to compensate forcibly sterilized women
- LIVE BROADCAST: Elena Gorolová and European Commission Vice-President Jourová open international conference on anti-Roma racism
- Czech census official tells ROMEA TV all identifying information will be removed from census forms to guarantee anonymity
- Romani MP in Spain proposes improving Roma access to education and adding anti-Romani bias to the Criminal Code
- LIVE NOW: Second day of conference on hate speech against Roma and Sinti in the media and how to combat it
- Mayor of Czech town apologizes after bureaucrat recommends application to use the town logo be rejected because she believed the applicant to be Romani