A public hearing about Roma women's participation in public life will be held on 2 September 2016 at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels.
When it comes to Roma issues, the gender dimension has long been neglected. However, women have an essential role in Roma society and ensuring their participation is a key element in improving their situation. Romani women across Europe face discrimination on multiple fronts: racism for being Roma, as well as gender discrimination.
It is not possible to speak about the inclusion of Roma if half of their community has little or no opportunity to express their needs and make their voice heard. Roma inclusion policy needs Roma women activists and advocates.
Two debates will take place: one about the causes of the exclusion and one about the successful examples and practices for Roma women's participation.
Further information are available on the EESC's website.