Two days of ‘Counting Us In’ workshops kicked off with Traveller leaders and the second day was dedicated to Roma. Roma workshop participants included people active in community projects to church leaders and strong community figures. The workshops were all about generating awareness within communities about this important issue of ethnic data collections using Human Rights standards.
Staff from the Department of Applied Social Studies, NUI Maynooth and Pavee Point gave inputs on how data, based on human rights standards, can be used to inform and support Community Development work.
‘The workshops were a great chance for people to get to see the benefits of ethnic equality data collection. It’s so important information is collected in the right way – in health, in education and other areas,’ said John Paul Collins, Pavee Point Drugs and Alcohol Programme.
‘When asked for personal information by the State, people need to be asked a universal question on ethnicity. No one group should be singled out. People need to self-identify – and not have other people deciding their ethnicity.”
This project ‘Counting us in – Human Rights Count’ is funded by the Open Society Foundations – an international organisation that works to build vibrant and tolerant societies – www.opensocietyfoundations.org.