Roma women face double discrimination

by Aleksandar Dimishkovski

Roma women are often subject to double discrimination – on national grounds by the majority population and on gender grounds by the Roma community, shows a study supported by OSCE/ODIHR Best Practices for Roma Integration project. The newly promoted policy practice gap study, authored by Siniša-Senad Musić, analyses the obstacles for greater participation of Roma women in minority councils in Croatia.

In the study, Musić explains the rather patriarchal environment these women have to forbear before they can be equal members of minority councils, he therefore recommends that actions for raising awareness on the importance of gender equality in the Roma community are needed, as well as incentive measures for minority councils in Croatia to meet gender representation requirements. He is one six young Roma of who were chosen by BPRI to study and identify gaps between legislation and actual practice in the integration of Roma communities in the region. The goal of these studies is to support and stimulate young Roma and Roma activists to advocate for an improved process of Roma integration.

BPRI is a regional project funded by the European Union, supported by OSCE participating States and implemented by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). The project supports innovative programmes to promote greater Roma participation in political and public life and decision-making, help to combat discrimination and contribute to better living conditions.

The study is available in the following languages: