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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.

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Listen to Emilia speaking to George Hook on International Roma Day 2015.

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Listen to Alex Petrovic (centre) and Siobhan Curran speaking on Global Village about the research.

Realising Roma Children’s Rights

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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

See the overview of the day.

Realisation of Traveller and Romani Women rights: Exploring Feminist Analyses

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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.

Read selection of articles by Rosaleen McDonagh.
Read report co-authored by Crina Morteanu.

Challenging Stereotypes

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I hope that discrimination will stop and that people will think how it makes us feel. This is the only way we have a chance to realise our dreams – Emilia

Pavee Point partnered with the Equality Authority and Nasc to develop the photo exhibition “Roma: One People – Many Lives”.   The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see images of Roma people who live, study and work in Ireland.  This exhibition, developed in collaboration with members of the Roma community, aims to challenge perceptions and stereotypes about Roma.  Bogfire and photographer James Fraher were commissioned to create the exhibition.

If you would like to host this exhibition please contact the IHREC at info@ihrec.ie Tel (01) 8589601 or Gabi at gabi.muntean@pavee.ie.

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I came here to look for work. It was very hard in the beginning – having no English. Then my children started going to school and I now speak better English and have found work – so has one of my sons- Daniel

 

Everyone sees begging as part of our culture. We’re not cultural beggars. This is not in our culture. People beg because they are forced to – they have no choice – Gabi

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I would like Roma and Irish people to get to know each other better – be it in schools, work, parks, anywhere really.  The important thing is that we all pump the same colour blood through our veins and we all breathe air.  Don’t judge a book by its cover – Manu

See RTE report on the exhibition here.

The project was co-funded by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS (2007 – 2013)

Learn how community members are challenging stereotypes and why they are proud to be Roma.

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