Study Session “Youth Ambassadors of the Decade against Antigypsyism”

10 – 17 September 2023 (including travel days) in Budapest/Hungary

Online application form:

Application deadline – 29 May, 2023, 23:59 CET

We invite young Roma and non-Roma to apply for our six day youth meeting to learn about human rights concepts and antigypsyism; to recognise and address manifestation and consequences of antigypsyism in a Human Rights framework; hear from experts about successful approaches of how to challenge antigypsyism today and discuss a new youth-friendly reference paper on antigypsyism.

By learning from each other’s experiences, creating useful tools together and exchanging ideas on how to communicate about and how to combat antigypsyism, Roma and non-Roma youth activists will increase their competencies to participate in a double-mainstreaming approach – both in the field of Roma activism and in the field of youth work and youth policy.

We welcome applications from all candidates irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial-ethnic or social origin, religious belief or sexual orientation.

On the first day of our programme we will set the scene for our programme, get to know each other and explore the Youth Centre and the work of the Council of Europe. The second day will be all about human rights, antigypsyism and their intersections and will end with an interactive game night! On the third day we will explore the everyday realities of antigypsyism and draw on your experiences. We will then meet with experts from the Czech Republic who will talk with us about combating antigypsyism in their lives. On our fourth day, we have invited professionals in human rights work and advocacy to share their work with you, and in the evening we will have a film night. The last two days will be about getting active, developing local campaigns and activities, diving into your previous knowledge and benefiting from the input of the first days.

The study session will take place in the European Youth Centre in Budapest/Hungary from 11 – 16 September 2023 (travel days are 10th and 17th September). The Youth Centre is run by the Council of Europe and is used to host youth programmes. It is uniquely equipped to make our stay as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.

Logistics and enrollment fee:
All travel and programme costs are covered by the Council of Europe via reimbursment of real costs. The enrollment fee that is not covered are 25 Euro per person. We will provide all participants with a detailed information sheet following the confirmation. 

Background of the event & Decade Against Antigypsyism
In the last years, ERGO Network, ternype and other partners in the “Alliance against Antigypsyism” have achieved great progress in the recognition of antigypsyism on the European political level. The European Roma Grassroots Organisations Network (ERGO) with its member organisations in Central Europe and the Western Balkans and the Alliance want to address the current situation of many Roma in Europe with the large-scale campaign “Decade to counter antigypsyism” which started in 2022 targeting the general public, to raise awareness for antigypsyism and contribute to changing attitudes towards Roma in the majority society. The Youth Ambassadors of the Decade against Antigypsyism will act as multipliers in their local, regional and national context.

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