MINELRES: The presentation of Roma (Gypsy) Virtual Network
Thu Jan 20 07:07:21 2005
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Roma Virtual Network: overview, needs, perspectives
Roma Virtual Network is a public, non-partisan, non-profit grass-roots
initiative under the auspices of International Romani Union. It is aimed
to provide the international Romani community and friendly non-Roma
organizations and individuals with useful information on Roma issues in
variety of languages via the Internet.
Date of establishment: 19 July 1999.
It has been started as a private initiative and gained the recognition
of many national and international, governmental and non-governmental
NGOs dealing with Roma issues, especially in Europe. It contains 35
electronic mailing lists with the membership over 3 500 e-mail
The activity of Roma Virtual Network is actively helping to facilitate
the cooperation and exchange of information within Roma organizations
and individuals, between Roma and non-Roma organizations and individuals
and also between Roma NGOs and official institutions. It relates with
the variety of Roma-related political, cultural, economic and social
issues on local and international levels. It is aimed to support the
improvement of the Romani situation in Europe and other regions of the
Implemented and current information projects:
- Net support of "Domari: The Society of Gypsies in Israel" (based in
Dates: 21.10.1999 - 21.09.2001.
Result: Affirmation and promotion of Israeli Gypsy organization via
e-mailing lists and two web pages in cooperation with Domari Research
Center (based in Cyprus).
- Net support of RomNews Network (based in Hamburg, Germany).
Dates: 01.07.2002 - until present.
Result: providing the clients of RomNews Network with the articles and
essays on Romani issues.
- Provide informational support to 10 Russian Roma families living in
Israel with European Romani magazines and printed copies of articles in
Romanes, German and Russian. Started in November 1999.
- Net support of "International Romani Union" (based in Prague, Czech
Dates: 27.07.2000 - until present.
Result: Affirmation and promotion of IRU`s activities via e-mailing
Activities done on behalf of IRU: Distribution of useful information
regarding other Roma organizations and communities worldwide. Reply on
inquiries. Information research upon requests.
E-mailing lists on Yahoo:
PERSPECTIVES WITHIN THE NEXT 5 YEARS:
1. Establishment of international Romani media corporation on a basis of
already existing "Roma Virtual Network".
2. Formation of all-Romani database with video-archive and library as an
integral part of International Romani Union's structure.
3. Persistent development of "Roma Virtual Network" as a helpful and
useful tool of communication between Roma in CIS & Baltic States and
Roma in other parts of the world.
Minimum: 1. The monthly cost of Internet and computer services - 100 US
Possibly: 2. The monthly cost of editorial work and translations into
Russian - 352 US $.
Permanently or for a certain period.
Calculated via: local Israeli minimum - 4 US $ per hour, 4 hours a day,
5 days a week,
4 weeks in a month + 2 additional days.
Possibly: 3. The purchase of a new computer with accessories - 1600 US$.
One time donation.
Until today the activities of Roma Virtual Network were financially
supported with occasional donations by friendly individuals, churches
and NGOs, but there is a need in a permanent sponsor already familiar
with Roma issues.
This report has been prepared on 26 November 2004 by Mr. Valery
Novoselsky, member of International Romani Union's Parliament, the
editor of Roma Virtual Network.
Mr. Valery Novoselsky
Str. Yehuda Halevi 4, app. 14