Deputy Ombudswoman Training Roma Mediators

RomaOn 28 July, Novi Sad was the venue of the third module of the VET4 Mediation with Roma intercultural mediators’ training concerning healthcare, housing, employment and education. Around 20 intercultural mediators took part in the training and had a chance to talk to Eva Vukasinovic, National Minorities Protection Deputy Ombudswoman to the Provincial Protector of Citizens – Ombudsman (PPCO) and learn more about the jurisdiction and work of this institution. Deputy Vukasinovic introduced them to the ways and proceedings they can utilize the ombudsman human rights protection mechanism, esp. as related to housing issues.

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VET4ROMA 30 mediators attended the training

In the first weeks of July, in Rome, it held the first part of the training of the European project VET4ROMA. 30 mediators who work with Roma communities in the city of Rome, particpated to the training oIMG-20150610-WA0002rganized by Arci Solidarietà.

The training topics are the active listen and good communication, the intercultural mediation and the mediation with the Roma communities.

In particular, Italy focuses the training on the current situation about Roma camps and above all on the Schooling Project for Roma children and adolescents, in which the organization has been working for 20 years and in which project work the mayority of social workers trained.

Roma Health Mediators Continue Working

Jul2015ZM2Health mediators in Serbia, women that assist Roma women and men with maintaining and improving their health status and communication with the health care, will continue their engagement. Signing a memo of collaboration between the Ministry of Healthcare, Telenor andUNICEF will provide for continuing of collaboration started in 2008.

In Serbia, there are 140,408 Roma people living in unhygienic settlements, aka slums. Children make 50,754 of them, while another 46,453 are women. Continuing the Connecting project will facilitate establishing an improved, more efficient communication between the local communities, the Roma population, the health mediators working with them and the healthcare. In 2008, the Ministry of Healthcare initiated the health mediators’ project engaging women from grassroots communities in health promotion of the Roma population by going to Roma settlements and educating the people on the necessity of raising their awareness about health, the significance of vaccination, proper diet and hygiene.  Continue reading

Intercultural Mediators’ Training

The Work in Progress NGO will organize an intercultural mediators’ training in Novi Sad in June and July 2015. It is a part of the international VET4 Mediation with Roma project implemented in Spain, Belgium, Italy, Romania and Serbia with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission and in partnership with the Provincial Protector of Citizens – Ombudsman, the Roma Inclusion Office of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and the PGF Instrument (Project generation facility, Making the Most of EU Fund for Roma) of the Open Society Foundation that has co-financed the project.

The aim of this project is strengthening mediation and capacity building of mediators, contributing to empowerment of Roma women and men and their certfication in mediation in order to facilitate engagement of intercultural mediators in local communities, particularly those with a significant proportion of Roma. Continue reading

Coordinators for Roma issues in Dire Straits

04.03.2015. Radio Ozon - Saradnik Pokrajinskog ombudsmana posetio Sremsku MitrovicuDespite obligations of the Republic of Serbia based on the ratified international human and minority rights documents, as well as on the Roma Decade, the position of Coordinators for Roma Issues (CRIs) with the local self-governments in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina is still difficult, verging on grueling.

CRIs are often the only link between the local Roma community and the authorities, institutions and state services. Meetings with the local CRIs in the AP of Vojvodina have proved that a majority of them has been working at this post in municipalities part-time for several years back, which is contrary to regulations. A significant proportion of them are still not employed full-time with the local self-governments, despite their several years’ part-time or volunteering engagement at this post. Continue reading