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The Roma Youth Conference gives a voice to projects and aspirations of Roma Youth

There are 12 million estimated Roma living in Europe. For them, the lack of respect for basic human rights, discrimination, and social and economic marginalisation are still very much a reality in some parts of Europe. What is more, the Roma community has often been obstructed from participation both in society and at European level. In this context, the Council of Europe is organising the Roma Youth Conference, which aims to give a voice to projects and aspirations of Roma young people.

Taking place from 26th to 30th September 2011 at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, the Roma Youth Conference plans to be the continuation of the work initiated by the “Strasbourg Declaration on Roma” adopted in October 2010. During the four days, the Conference will assemble leaders and representatives of Roma youth organisations and young Roma aged between 18 and 30. In total, more than 50 participants will exchange their knowledge, practices and ideas in a non-formal, intercultural learning environment. The main objectives of this event are to stimulate the participation of Roma youth in different activities and to allow them to enter into a dialogue with stakeholders. There, the Roma leaders are expected to discuss proposals and priorities for their community, and, finally, to explore the possibilities of developing youth policy responses to the situation of Roma young people in Europe.

The European Youth Forum, associated to the preparatory group of the Roma Youth Conference, welcomes the possibility to give a voice to the Roma community. Moreover, the European Youth Forum is committed to ensuring the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all young people in Europe and to achieve equality for all young people.

Useful links:

Strasbourg Declaration on Roma