Five years into the Decade for Roma Inclusion, what do Europeans know about their Roma minorities?
Participants visited a photo exhibition on the Roma at City Hall in Lyon
When: February 27 to March 6, 2011
Where: Lyon, France
In March 2011, HIA France hosted a one-week workshop in Lyon focused on the question: "Five years into the Decade for Roma Inclusion, what do Europeans know about their Roma minorities?"
Supported by the European Union, this workshop was an opportunity for adult learners to improve their knowledge about the largest minority in Europe and to become mentors by disseminating that knowledge in their home country.
Seventeen participants from eight different countries, including eight Senior Fellows, came to Lyon to learn about the current conditions of and issues facing Roma populations in Europe today. There was a special emphasis on the divide between cultural approaches and social and humanitarian approaches developed to respond to these issues. The workshop, which included discussions, lectures by activists, historians and elected officials, site visits and role-playing simulations, culminated in the development of an educational tool to help European civil society organizations gain knowledge on Roma populations and fight prejudices leading to discrimination and exclusion all over the European Union.
Click here to see the program schedule.