Roma and the enforcement of anti-discrimination law

Roma and the enforcement of anti-discrimination law

In general, the situation of Roma children, pupils and students remains challenging across Europe.

This report aims to examine the current situation of the enforcement of non-discrimination law in Europe with regard specifically to Roma and their rights. The report is based on the professional assessment of 27 national non-discrimination experts of the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination, and covers all EU Member States, with the exception of Malta.

It contains a chapter on education which includes an analysis on school segregation.

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No Data No Progress – Country Reports

Data Collection in Countries Participating in the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005–2015.

The lack of data about Roma communities remains the biggest obstacle to conducting any thorough assessment of how governments are meeting their Decade commitments towards Roma inclusion, despite widespread agreement among participating governments about the crucial need to generate data disaggregated for ethnicity in order to assess and guide policies.

This data deficit prompted the Open Society Foundations’ Roma Initiatives to ask the basic questions that guided this report: What are the barriers to governments compiling or generating data disaggregated for ethnicity? Do such data even exist? If so, have governments collected disaggregated data to assess progress? Have governments made the necessary changes in their practices to ensure that this can be done, and that data are available? Are there other organizations (NGOs, policy institutes, multilateral and intergovernmental agencies) that are producing quality data that could help states to measure progress?

Find a quick review of the data available here.


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Towards Roma Inclusion

A Review of Roma Education Initiatives in Central and South-eastern Europe

The purpose of this report is to start to distinguish between the growing number of Roma education programs, policies, initiative and interventions being implemented in Central and South-Eastern Europe that are suitable for replication, scaling up and generally merit further investment by concerned stakeholders. After desk reviews, assessments based on criteria drawn up for this report, and interviews with stakeholders in Romania, Hungary and Serbia, eight initiatives in primary and secondary education were selected as best practices. Additionally, areas that need further investigation for the successful scaling up of education initiatives have also been elucidated.

The eight Roma education initiatives described in this report are:

1. Desegregation Project, Vidin, Bulgaria
2. Alliance for Inclusion of Roma in Education, Macedonia
3. Roma Education Program, featuring the Roma Education Centres, Macedonia
4. PHARE Programme: Access to Education for Disadvantaged Groups, Romania
5. Equal Chances, Serbia
6. Roma Education Initiative in Slovakia: Desegregation of Roma Children through Education – Combating Social Exclusion, Jarovnice-Karice Roma Settlement, Slovakia
7. National Educational Integration Network, Hungary
8. Development and Education Centres, Serbia

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