MINELRES: UN Womens Rights Committee Highlights Multiple Discrimination in Romania

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Romanian Government Urged to Eliminate Multiple Discrimination

15 June 2006, Budapest, Bucharest. The Open Society Institute Roma
(OSI), Romani CRISS and the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) welcome
the Concluding Comments of the UN Committee on the Elimination of all
forms of Discrimination against Women on Romania’s compliance with the
International Convention on the Elimination of 
All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), released this week.
The Committee convened in June to review Romania’s sixth periodic report
on measures to implement the Convention.

The Committee expressed specific concern about the situation of Romani
women and girls who face multiple and intersecting forms of
discrimination based on sex, ethnic or cultural background, and/or
socio-economic status stating that “Roma women and girls remain in a
vulnerable and marginalized situation, in particular with regard to
access to education, health, housing, employment, official identity
documents and participation in political and public life.”  After
welcoming efforts by the government to improve the educational level of
Romani women, the Committee also expressed particular concern over “the
gaps in Roma women’s formal education, 
their high rates of illiteracy, and the high rate of school dropouts
among Roma girls.”

In its Concluding Comments, the Committee urged the Romanian government
to:
* “take a holistic approach to eliminating the multiple and intersecting
forms of discrimination that Roma women face and to accelerate
achievement of their de facto equality through the coordination of all
agencies working on Roma, non-discrimination and gender equality issues”
* “implement targeted measures, within specific timetables, in all
areas, and to monitor their implementation”
* “take concrete measures to overcome stereotypical attitudes towards
Roma people, and in particular Roma women and girls”
* “issue without delay identity documents to Roma people, including Roma
women, who lack such documents, and to monitor progress in the
completion of this effort” and 
* “address the high rate of unemployment among Roma women, and to adopt
measures to enhance their participation in public life at all levels”.

Furthermore, the Committee encouraged the Government “to approve without
delay the budget for the implementation of the Action Plan for the
Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015… [and]… the National Agency for Roma
to organize training programmes for the police on Roma culture.” The
Committee also recommended that Romanian authorities “collect and make
available statistical information pertaining to education, health,
employment and the social, economic and political status of Roma women
and girls”.

In the run-up to the review, OSI RPP, the ERRC and Romani CRISS
submitted material to the Committee highlighting key areas of concern
for Romani women in Romania, including discrimination in access to
education, employment, health and reproductive rights, housing and
issues related to violence against Romani women. OSI RPP, the ERRC and
Romani CRISS now urge the Romanian authorities to implement the
Committee’s recommendations in full.

The full text of the CEDAW Committee’s conclusions and recommendations
is available here:

http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/cedaw35/cc/Romania_rev.pdf

For further information, please contact:

Isabela Mihalache (0SI) 
imihalache@osieurope.org 
(361) 3273855

Magdalena Matache (Romani CRISS) 
magda@romanicriss.org 
+4 074 0 92 11 34

Ostalinda Maya (ERRC) 
Ostalinda@errc.org  
(36 1) 41 32 200

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The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is an international public
interest law organization engaging in a range of activities aimed at
combating anti-Romani racism and human rights abuse of Roma, in
particular strategic litigation, international advocacy, research and
policy development, and training of Romani activists. For more
information about the European Roma Rights Centre, visit the ERRC
website at http://www.errc.org.

European Roma Rights Centre
1386 Budapest 62
P.O. Box 906/93
Hungary
Tel.: ++ (36 1) 413 2200
Fax: ++ (36 1) 413 2201
E-mail: office@errc.org

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Romani CRISS is a Bucharest-based non-governmental organization,
established on April 4, 1993, which defends and promotes the human
rights of Roma in Romania. Romani CRISS provides legal assistance in
cases of abuse and 
works to combat and prevent racial discrimination against Roma in all
areas of public life, including the fields of education, employment,
housing, and health. Romani CRISS represents Roma clients and
beneficiaries by engaging in legal defence and advocacy before domestic
and international authorities, and assists community development on a
local level.

Romani CRISS
19, Buzesti Street, Sector 1
Bucharest ­ Romania
Tel: 004 021 / 231 41 44
Fax: 004 021/ 310 70 70
E-mail: office@romanicriss.org

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The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grant making
foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic
governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. In
1999, OSI started to address Romani women's issues through the Network
Women's Program’s Roma Women's Initiative and the Roma Participation
Program. Among activities supported are policy trainings and internships
for Romani women, institutional support for Roma women's NGOs,
awareness-raising within the Roma rights and women's rights movements,
and promoting Romani women's agendas at local, national, and
international levels.

Open Society Institute
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1051 Budapest, Hungary
Tel. +36 1 327 3855
Fax: +36 1 327 3841
E-mail:
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