Study visit to the Council of Europe: Roma inclusion and empowerment – Standards and cooperation activities

From 12-14 September, the Council of Europe Education Department hosted a group of representatives of the EEA/Norway Grant Programme in Romania “Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Increasing Roma Inclusion” on a study visit to the Council of Europe on Roma inclusion and empowerment.

CLR, through our colleague Georgiana Bădescu, coordinator of communication activities within the Advocate for Dignity programme, participated in the study visit, focusing on the intersection of the identities of people with disabilities, but especially on the increased vulnerability of Roma girls and women with disabilities. At the same time, we pointed out the lack of effective tools for access to justice for victims belonging to vulnerable communities and/or groups, on the accentuated need to train facilitators to mediate the contact between victim – authorities, with a long-term ideal to raise awareness and train the responsible authorities themselves in improving their own communication and case resolution techniques.

During the visits, participants were familiarised with the standards and activities of cooperation between Council of Europe departments through the sessions and the visit to the European Court of Human Rights. In addition to the exchange of experience, the group benefited from sharing several practical tools, documents and studies that they can use in their work in their own community.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Council of Europe, the representatives of the EEA/Norway Grant Programme and the Romanian Social Development Fund.