MINELRES: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Roma Rights 2/09: Multiple Discrimination

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - Roma Rights 2/09: Multiple Discrimination
The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is looking for original articles
and other submissions (book reviews, interview with key figures and
conference reports) from a broad range of disciplines addressing the
issue of discrimination that Romani individuals, groups and communities
face on multiple grounds. 

Unlawful discrimination, in its legal sense, is treating a person or
group less favourably than another in the same situation, usually on the
grounds of their race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or
religion or some other protected category. Discrimination can be in
direct or indirect forms. Various international instruments as well as
domestic regulations forbid such discrimination. 

However, people and human societies are diverse, complex and
multi-layered. Thus, a person, in most cases, bears more than one
identity such as being Romani, a woman, a mother, a homosexual, a person
with a disability, and so on. There are cases where a person becomes the
victim of a discriminatory practice due to the combination of different
identities that s/he possesses. For example a Romani woman can be denied
a job because she is a “woman” and she is “Romani”. Multiple
discrimination occurs when a person is subjected to discrimination on
more than one ground and can occur when someone experiences
discrimination on different grounds on separate occasions. This
situation is also called “parallel discrimination”. Secondly, it can be
“additive” or “compound”, where the discrimination occurs on the basis
of two or more grounds simultaneously and where the discrimination on
one ground intensifies the discrimination experienced on the basis of
the other ground. The third type occurs when the discrimination involves
more than one ground and the grounds interact with each other in such a
way that they are completely inseparable. This is often called
“intersectional discrimination”. These terms have been increasingly used
in recent years but little concrete information has been made available
on this topic concerning Roma. 

In this issue of Roma Rights, ERRC seeks submissions which reflect on
and seek to provide answers to questions like: 

- What is multiple discrimination? How has this concept developed? 
- What are the types of multiple discrimination practices that Romani
individuals and/or communities face? 
- What are the implications of multiple discrimination on Romani
- How does European law combat multiple discrimination? What are the
deficiencies of the EU legislation? How can the EU acquis be improved to
provide better protection against multiple discrimination? 
- What are other international or domestic legal instruments addressing
the issue of multiple discrimination? 
- How should a future EU Policy on Roma Inclusion address multiple
- What are policy and law suggestions to combat multiple discrimination? 
- What are the challenges in fighting multiple discrimination? 
- What examples of good practices exist for tackling multiple
- What multiple discrimination practices exist within Romani communities
and how may these practices be addressed? 
- What role is there for the grassroots Roma movement to combat multiple

Individual testimonies reflecting the experiences of Romani persons are
particularly welcome. Articles offering critical insight to lessons
learned in similar situations in different countries, as well as
submissions reflecting the perspective of the grassroots Roma movement
are also welcome. 

Submissions addressing the theme from other perspectives are also


Full articles must be submitted to the ERRC by 15 October 2009. All
submissions will be reviewed by a committee of ERRC staff who will make
the final selection of articles for publication. 

Please send queries and submissions to the Coordinating Editor of Roma
Rights, Sinan Gokcen: sinan.gokcen@errc.org. 

Submission guidelines 

- All submissions and accompanying materials must be written in British
- Submissions must be in electronic form and accompanied by any relevant
graphics or pictures. 
- Submissions must follow the ERRC Style Sheet. 
- The length of submissions should not exceed 6,000 words for articles
and 2,500 words for other items (e.g. book reviews or conference
reports), inclusive of footnotes. 
- Footnote referencing should be utilised. Submissions with
bibliographical referencing will be sent back to authors. 
- All contributions must be original, previously unpublished material. 

The ERRC reserves the right to refuse publication of submissions at any
point prior to the publication of the Journal. 


The ERRC is an international public interest law organisation engaging
in a range of activities to combat anti-Romani racism and human rights
abuse of Roma. The approach of the ERRC involves strategic litigation,
international advocacy, research and policy development, and human
rights training of Romani activists. 

Roma Rights is the ERRC’s flagship journal. Published since 1996, Roma
Rights has provided a forum for critical discussion of some of the most
important human rights concerns of Roma in Europe. The journal is widely
distributed in Europe and highly respected as a resource in this field.
Each issue of Roma Rights is dedicated to a specific theme. All issues
of Roma Rights are available on the ERRC website.


The European Roma Rights Centre is an international public interest law
organisation which monitors the human rights situation of Roma and
provides legal defence in cases of human rights abuse. For more
information about the European Roma Rights Centre, visit the ERRC on the
web at http://www.errc.org 

To support the ERRC, please visit this link:

European Roma Rights Centre
1386 Budapest 62
P.O. Box 906/93
Tel: +36.1.413.2200

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