International Roma and Traveller Day
Minceirs Whiden, Ireland’s Traveller-only forum, is organising a protest as part of the International Roma and Traveller Day. The protest is an opportunity to celebrate Roma and Traveller culture and highlight the discrimination and persecution experienced by Travellers and Roma. Travellers and Roma in Ireland are calling on the Irish Government to develop a strong National Traveller Roma Integration Strategy in order to promote inclusion.
Join the 8th April movement and demand rights for Roma and Travellers.
Where: European Commission office, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2
When: 12 noon, 8 April, 2013
For more information contact Kathleen Sherlock at email@example.com
International Roma and Traveller Day is a day to celebrate Roma culture and raise awareness of the human rights issues experienced by Roma.
Martin Collins, a board member of Minceirs Whidden and Co-Director of Pavee Point, reminds us about the reasons for celebrating this day;
“On the 8th April 1971 the first Roma Traveller World Congress took place in London. This was the first attempt at trying to unite and give one voice to the many groups working with and representing Roma and Travellers across Europe.”
This day in 1971 also witnessed the formal adoption of the Roma Traveller flag and anthem (Gelem Gelem).
Roma have been part of European societies for centuries. It is estimated that there are approximately 12–15 million Roma living in Europe. During the Second World War an estimated half a million Roma were killed by Nazis in concentration camps.
Roma and Travellers continue to experience widespread poverty, racism and discrimination across Europe. In this context, Roma throughout the world will mobilise on International Roma Day as part of a global protest to highlight and challenge anti-Roma and Traveller racism.
What: In the context of austerity and deepening exclusion of Travellers and Roma, Pavee Point will deliver a series of interactive regional seminars on promoting inclusion of Travellers and Roma in Ireland. Seminars will focus on:
- Facts and Figures
- Key Policy Issues
- How to Promote and Support Inclusion
- Training and Support Needs for Organisations
Target Groups: Travellers, Roma, Traveller Organisations, Roma/Migrant organisations, HSE, local authorities, family resource centres, local development projects…
What: Pavee Point and Amnesty Ireland are holding a training workshop on Roma rights in Ireland and Europe. Delivered by Roma and Traveller activists, this workshop will explore how Roma and Travellers are excluded in Ireland and Europe today. We will look to generate ideas on how individuals can challenge this discrimination.
When: 10am – 3.30 pm, 6 April 2013.
Where: Seán Mac Bride House, 48 Fleet St., Dublin 2.
Pavee Point welcomes the publication of the fourth report on Ireland by ECRI (European Commission against Racism and Intolerance) today and the attention it brings to the situation of Irish Travellers, in particular their health and accommodation needs.
“I’m fed up talking about my health status and the fact that fewer than 3% of my community live to 65 years of age. The All Ireland Health Study provided evidence that our mortality rates are three times the national average and that our suicide rate is six times the average. When will words be put into action?” said Missy Collins, health worker in Pavee Point. “I’m bitterly disappointed that our government has not published an action plan to address our health ineq ualities as was recommended by the Study” ECRI ‘strongly encourages’ the Irish authorities to address Traveller health inequalities.
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Pavee Point is disgusted and disappointed to learn of the arson of a house allocated to a Traveller family in Ballyshannon. We call on the Gardaí to provide protection to this and other Traveller families and their property in Donegal and to undertake a comprehensive investigation into this criminal act and bring the perpetrators to account. This is the third time such arson has happened following public knowledge of the allocation of houses to Traveller families in recent years.
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Pavee Point supports the Turn off the Red Light (TORL) Campaign to end prostitution and sex trafficking in Ireland. Trafficking women and girls for the purposes of sexual exploitation is a modern and global form of slavery. The TORL campaign believes that the best way to stop the trafficking of women and children is to end the demand for prostitution by making the buying of sex a crime.
Pavee Point is a member of the TORL campaign as it believes that prostitution harms and exploits women and children and that it is inextricably linked to human trafficking. Research has shown that disproportionately women in prostitution are members of socially disadvantaged groups, including minority ethnic communities. Traveller and Roma women and children are at risk of being prostituted and in particular, Roma women and girls are at specific risk of trafficking. A report conducted by the European Roma Rights Centre and People in Need (2011) details the significant over representation of Roma communities in trafficked persons and the high correlation between trafficking of Roma women and children and sexual exploitation.
Currently the Government is considering what should be done to reform the law on prostitution. Pavee Point supports the TORL campaign to make buy sex a crime and we ask that you also give your support by taking action on www.turnofftheredlight.ie/action
For further information please see:
Pavee Point Submission to the Committee on Review of Legislation on Prostitution.pdf
PP Statement at Turn Off the Red Light Submission Launch.pdf
Turn Off the Red Light Submission: www.turnofftheredlight.ie/our-submission