“Combating Antigypsyism Through Education” Workshop in France

Deadline: 16 March 2015
Open to: activists in Roma community and are 18-30 years of age
Venue: 20-24 April, Strazbourg, France


The youth sector of the Council of Europe has associated young Roma to its policy and work for intercultural dialogue and human rights education since 1995, when a ground-breaking training course for Roma youth leaders was held at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg. As a result of the “All Different – All Equal” European youth campaign against racism, antisemitism, xenophobia and intolerance, the Council of Europe supported the development of Roma youth networks across Europe. In addition to denouncing situations of discrimination and antigypsyism, the youth policy of the Council of Europe supports the involvement of Roma young people in youth policy and all matters that concern them. The participation of young Roma plays an essential role in the transformation of the status and challenges faced by Roma communities across Europe.

The Roma Youth Action Plan gives priority to human rights and intercultural dialogue as responses to discrimination and antigypsyism, together with the development and capacity-building of Roma youth organisations and movements. Among the foreseen actions related to these priorities, the development of suitable educational materials and training opportunities are the main initiatives that the Youth Department has undertaken during the last two years.

The training workshop aims to develop 20 young educators’ competences to address issues related to antigypsyism through educational activities with young people and, by doing so, associating them to the wider use of the toolkit.The objectives of this training workshop are:

  • To explore the concept of antigypsyism, its manifestations today and identify educational responses;
  • To increase the competences of 20 educators to run initiatives and activities with young people on combating antigypsyism, within a human rights education framework;
  • To stimulate participants and their respective organisations and networks to use and disseminate the Toolkit on combating antigypsyism;
  • To support exchange of practices and networking among participants;
  • To identify further support measures and actions within the framework of the Roma Youth Action Plan for combating antigypsyism.


To participate in the conference you need to

  • Have some experience in developing and running educational activities with young people;
  • Are active in Roma communities and have some experience in working with Roma communities and/or Roma youth, particularly on topics related to anti-discrimination work and human rights;
  • Are motivated, ready and supported by their organisation in developing and running follow-up educational activities with young people on combating antigypsyism;
  • Are supported by an organisation/institution/informal group for their participation in the workshop;
  • Are aged 18 – 30 (exceptions are possible);
  • Are committed to attend for the full duration of the workshop;
  • Are able to work in English;
  • Reside in a member state of the European Cultural Convention and are members of the Council of Europe.


The meeting will take place at the European Youth Centre Strasbourg. Accommodation and meals will be provided by the Council of Europe. Travel expenses to and from Strasbourg will be reimbursed according to the rules of the Council of Europe.


All candidates must first register and apply online HERE   by 16 March 2015, at midnight Central European Time.

The selection will be done according to the compliance with the profile of participants outlined in this call, but also ensuring a balance between sexes, geographical regions, and different types of experiences, backgrounds and organisations.

The composition of the final participants’ group will be announced on the 20 March 2014.

For more information you need to download the official call  or contact Denis Durmis, denis.durmis@coe.int

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