MINELRES: International Roma Women's Conference "I am a European woman", Athens, Greece, 11-12 January 2010

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Original sender: Michael Guet <Michael.GUET@coe.int>


2ND International meeting of Roma women organized by the Council of
Europe, the Greek Ministry of Interior, Decentralisation and
E-Government, the Greek Inter-Municipal Rom Network (ROM Network) and
the International Roma Women’s Network (IRWN)

Athens, 11-12 January 2010

Give voice to the voiceless was the aim of the Roma women’s gatherings
organised under the auspices of the Council of Europe for the last five
years.  During these meetings Roma women voiced the plight of their
communities for social justice and for the protection of their human
rights. They pointed out their vulnerable condition within and outside
their communities, established networks and became valuable
interlocutors for governments and international organisations. 

International organisations such as the European Union (FRA), OSCE/
ODIHR and Governments (Sweden) have joined the Council of Europe and in
making so these meetings have become the reference for the Romani women
movement. In 2007, in their Stockholm meeting the Roma women expressed
the wish that their future meetings would take the form of an annual
meeting hosted by a government.

Supporting the idea of the emancipation and involvement of Roma women,
Greece now takes over the organisation of the 2nd annual meeting of the
Roma women. The Athens meeting will focus on how Roma women will
contribute to take up various challenges such as changing negative
perceptions of Roma women in the media, eliminating harmful practices
such as the early marriages and forced sterilization or promoting
entrepreneurship and economic empowerment of Roma women.

The Greek authorities, the Swedish Minister for Integration and Gender
Equality, Mrs Nyamko Sabuni and the Council of Europe Deputy Secretary
General Mrs Maud de Boer-Buquicchio will address the meeting.

Contact info for international participants:

Eleni Tsetsekou
Roma and Travellers Division
DG III Social Cohesion
Council of Europe
Tel. +33388412433
Email: eleni.tsetsekou@coe.int 
Web: www.coe.int/romatravellers 

Contact info for Greek participants 

Ms. Louiza
Ministry of Interior, Decentralisation & E-Government 
Directorate of Development Programs & International Organisations 
Department of Development Programs, Office 710 
27, Stadiou av., P.O. 101 83 Athens 
Tel.: +30 213 136 4726 ; Fax: +30 210 37 44 713 
Email: tap1.apdo@ypes.gr 
Web: www.ypes.gr 

Mr. Manolis RANTIS 
Mr Elefterios
Greek Rom InterMunicipal Network (ROM Network) 
499, Thivon, Aegaleo, P.O. 122 43 
Attica, Greece 
Email: romnet@otenet.gr    
Website: www.rom.net.gr 
tel +302105900986 

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