International Roma Day celebrated on 8 April - Statement by the Advisory Council on Youth

On April 8, it marked the international day of the Roma. The Youth Department of the Council of Europe plays a very important role in developing responses and measures that promote inclusion and access to rights and services of young roma people.

On this day, the Advisory Council on Youth underlines the shared responsibility to support Roma youth participation and to develop strong, Roma youth movements: for, by and with young Roma people. Read the whole statement here.

The Council of Europe developed a Roma youth action plan that aims to Support Roma youth participation, promote equality of opportunities to participate, and counter the effects of discrimination on young Roma.

The Roma Youth Action Plan is a response of the Council of Europe to challenges faced by Roma young people in Europe, particularly in relation to their empowerment, participation in policy decision-making processes and structures at European level, and multiple realities of discrimination.

The Roma Youth Action Plan gives priority to human rights and intercultural dialogue as responses to discrimination and anti-gypsyism, together with the development and capacity building of Roma youth organisations and movements. Training and capacity building has, thus, an important role in the Roma Youth Action Plan, not only because of what individual Roma youth leaders may learn and develop individually, but also and especially by what they will experience and do together.

Know more about this action plan on the official webpage of the project.

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