Of youth and leadership

While more and more young Roma are receiving quality educations, many still find their paths to successful careers blocked, often as a result of discrimination. In response, the OSCE/ODIHR Best Practices for Roma Integration project has developed a special approach to helping young Roma professionals take their first steps on the career ladder.

by Aleksandar Dimishkovski

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Lack of housing has negative impacts on Roma health and integration, says BRPI-supported report

Roma families identify the lack of adequate and modern housing for as a major factor having negative impact on their health and a serious obstacle to their integration into mainstream society, concludes a new study produced with the support of the OSCE Mission in Skopje and the OSCE/ODIHR Best Practices for Roma Integration project. 

by Aleksandar Dimishkovski

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Accurate data and analysis leads to better policies for Roma integration

Improving the gathering and analysis of data to better support the planning and implementation of Roma integration policies was the focus of the third meeting of a working group of local government and civil society representatives, who met in Skopje from 22 to 24 October 2013.

by Aleksandar Dimishkovski

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Repatriation before reintegration

Many Roma returning to Kosovo* are unable to go back to their former homes, or are not being provided with adequate homes, and this is limiting the effectiveness of government repatriation policies, according to a recently published study supported by the Best Practices for Roma Integration (BPRI) project.

by Aleksandar Dimishkovski

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No access to the health services for the Roma without health cards

A study of the provision of health care for Roma and Egyptians in one commune in Albania has found that many members of these communities are unable to access much-needed public health services simply because they do not possess health cards.

by Aleksandar Dimishkovski

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OSCE/ODIHR project gathers equality officials from the Western Balkans at conference in Ohrid to foster greater regional co-operation

Some 30 representatives of equality bodies in the Western Balkans gathered to share experiences and good practices in addressing minority issues at a regional conference that finished today in Ohrid, in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.  

by Aleksandar Dimishkovski

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OSCE/ODIHR Director highlights tangible results of grants programme during visit to Roma settlement in Kosovo*

BRNJEŠ/BËRNJESH, 5 September 2013 – Ambassador Janez Lenarčič, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), visited a Roma settlement in Gračanica/Graçanicë in central Kosovo today, to meet with municipal and Roma community representatives and discuss efforts to promote Roma integration and improve access to public services.

by Aleksandar Dimishkovski

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Taking discrimination out of classrooms

Developing methods to address discrimination and learning how to create positive and respectful learning environments in classrooms were the focus of two days of training for primary school teachers from the Western Balkans in Peja/Peć, Kosovo* on 28 and 29 August 2013.

 

 

by Aleksandar Dimishkovski

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About NICOLAE

Nicolae Gheorghe died yesterday evening, on 8 August. It is a great loss to his family and the Roma community all over the world.

by Aleksandar Dimishkovski

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Speaking out against discrimination

When Almira Redzepi was in elementary school, she was a straight A student and predicted to do very well. Yet when she reached the seventh grade, her path to academic success appeared under threat. A teacher wasn’t willing to give her the grade she had worked so hard for, and to her disappointment, she felt that this was just because she was a Roma. 

by Aleksandar Dimishkovski

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