Pavee Point works with Roma to highlight issues facing the community. Supporting Roma leadership is a key part of our work. Below are some of the events and activities that Roma are part of in Pavee Point.
Roma Peer Researchers
16 Roma researchers are been trained to conduct a needs assessment of Roma in Ireland with Pavee Point and the Department of Justice and Equality. These are some of the voices of the researchers.
This training has been a great uplifting experience and I have learnt new skills. I have trained with a really great group of Roma and I’m very happy to be part of the first group of Roma peer researchers in Ireland. I want to be part of making this change happen for Roma in Ireland, if not for me for the future – Delia, Dublin.
I am very glad to be part of this research because I want Roma to have our voices heard at the highest levels. We have to tackle discrimination. We want to be seen as human beings and not by our stereotypes – Gina, Tralee.
I think it’s important that we are shown in a better light. I hope this research will improve things for our community so that we don’t have to hide who we are. We want to contribute to Irish society – this is our home – Julias, Ennis.
Realising Roma Children’s Rights
The conference Realizing Roma Children’s Rights was held in Dublin on 10 April 2014. The conference was hosted by Pavee Point in order to highlight human rights issues facing Roma children in Ireland and in order to develop strategies to ensure that Roma children will have their human rights realised in Ireland. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs opened the conference and a set of three reports on issues facing Roma were launched by the keynote speaker, Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. A number of high profile speakers chaired panels at the conference including Emily Logan, Ombudsman for Children, Audrey Carville, RTE journalist and broadcaster and Des Hogan acting CEO of the Irish Human Rights Commission.
Read media reports from the conference
The Irish Times– ‘Taking into care of Roma Children a ‘Shame for the State”
Irish Examiner– ‘Roma children missing out on vaccinations due to fears children could be taken’
Listen to Ronnie Fay and Gabi Muntean of Pavee Point speaking on The Late Debate before the conference
Realisation of Traveller and Romani Women rights: Exploring Feminist Analyses
This event was organised by Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre in partnership with The Centre for Global Women’s Studies (National University of Ireland, Galway). The event aimed to provide a space for Traveller and Roma feminists to discuss Traveller and Romani women’s rights from feminist perspectives. The Traveller and Romani feminist speakers were Rosaleen McDonagh and Crina Morteanu. The event was opened by Anastasia Crickley, UN CERD and was chaired by Dil Wickrehasinghe of Newstalk.
Porajmos – Roma Holocaust Commemoration
Each year we mark Roma Holocaust Memorial Day. This marks the anniversary of the extermination of 3,000 Roma and Sinti in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944. Roma community members gather to lay flowers and commemorate those who suffered in the Nazi era.