Traveller & Roma Women Continue to Experience Discrimination in Services Around Gender Based Violence – Council of Europe
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Pavee Point welcomes the first report on
Ireland from the Council of Europe’s expert committee on Violence Against
Women, (GREVIO) published yesterday on 13th November.
The report echoes Pavee Point’s concerns that
Traveller and Roma women’s experiences and needs are not sufficiently taken
into account in current mechanisms and responses to gender based violence
The report notes that: ‘barriers
continue to be encountered by women subject to intersectional discrimination,
including Roma and Traveller women…, as regards access to support services,
information and protection.’
The report also pointed out that Roma and
Traveller women experience discriminatory treatment by members of the police,
the courts’ services, TUSLA and general support services, including access
to long-term accommodation.
It recommends the Irish authorities develop and improve accessibility to protection and support services
for Traveller, Roma and other groups of women exposed to intersectional
It also recommends Ireland ensures ‘that the training provided adopts an intersectional approach…and of
the need to dispel stereotypes surrounding these groups.’
Finally, we welcome Grevio’s call on the Government to ensure that shelters can accommodate the needs of women subject to intersectional discrimination and that current policy is implemented on the ground.