The Feminist Collective of Romani Gender Experts is committed to promoting gender equality and advocating for the rights of Romani women. Our projects aim to empower Romani women to participate actively and meaningfully in society while addressing the challenges they face due to their gender and ethnicity. Our projects focus on issues such as education, healthcare, violence against women, and political representation. We also provide training for our members to enhance their skills and encourage their participation in decision-making processes. By addressing these issues and empowering Romani women, the Feminist Collective of Romani Gender Experts is working towards creating a more just and inclusive society.
In different countries, the presence of roma LGBT+ in social movements is in many situations isolated. Facing racism along with homo*lesbo*transphobia, classism and sexism in communities and spaces, being questiond, fitting in gadje standards, struggling to find a community or space where to feel a sense of belonging. How do we fit in different spaces? How to make them more inclusive? Who holds the reponsability of deconstructing them from whiteness? When is it the time to talk about racism along with other intersectionalities?
• Alba Hernández, Co-founder Feminist Collective of Romani Gender Experts (Spain)
• Ana Jovanovic, Romani LGBTIQ+ Human rights monitor-European Roma Rights Centre (Serbia)
• Alexandra Ciccone, romnja queer activist feminist (Romania)
• Antonella Lerca Duda, roma transgender and ex political candidate, writer and activist (Romania)
• Sandra Selimovic, Artist, co-founder RomanoSvato (Austria/Serbia)
• Valentina Eminova, activist for roma LGBT+ rights, imprtheater and performer
Internal capacity building workshops are a valuable tool for organizations looking to develop the skills and knowledge of their employees. These workshops provide our members with the opportunity to learn new techniques, develop new strategies and gain knowledge that will help them to be more effective in their roles. They are also a great way to foster team building and collaboration within the Collective. By bringing our members to learn and work together, we create a more cohesive and effective workforce. Additionally, the workshops are tailored to the specific needs of the members, ensuring that they receive training that is relevant and up-to-date.
Social Media Campaigns have been implemented targeting Roma women to increase their visibility and empower them in their communities. These campaigns aim to amplify the voices of Roma women and promote their participation in decision-making processes. Through social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, these campaigns disseminate messages of solidarity, equality, and inclusion, challenging negative stereotypes and discrimination. Additionally, these campaigns provide Roma women with resources and tools to enhance their skills and capacities, creating opportunities for them to actively engage in social and political life. The ultimate goal is to break down barriers and address the multiple forms of discrimination that Roma women face, promoting their rights and improving their living conditions. These Social Media Campaigns are a powerful tool for reaching out to marginalized communities and fostering social change.
Call for publications
The call for publications by Roma women for Roma women is an opportunity to amplify the voices of women. With this call, Roma women are being encouraged to share their stories, experiences, and insights with other women in the community, through writing, drawing or any other form of art. This initiative seeks to promote greater visibility for Roma women and their perspectives. It also aims to build solidarity among Roma women by creating a platform where they can connect, share and learn from one another. The call is open to all Roma women, regardless of their educational background or experience. By sharing their stories, Roma women can help to create a more inclusive and supportive community, where everyone's voice is heard and valued.