The Strategy for Social Inclusion of Roma People

qqThe Government adopted the Strategy for Social Inclusion of Roma People in the Republic of Serbia for the period from 2016 to 2025.

This document originated from the need to take on a systematic and comprehensive way issues of social inclusion of Roma enhance, both at national and local level.

The Strategy for Social Inclusion of Roma People Finally Adopted


Untitled-1The Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs of the Government of the Republic of Serbia announced that the government adopted a strategy for social inclusion of Roma in the Republic of Serbia for the period from 2016 to 2025.

This document originated from the need to take on a systematic and comprehensive way issues of social inclusion of Roma enhance, both at national and local level.
According to the population census of 2011, in Serbia there are about 148,000 Roma, who are among the most vulnerable social groups.

The government's goal is that through the joint efforts of the whole society improve their position in order to reduce the disparities that exist between Roma and the rest of the population.

The newly adopted Strategy is a strategic document that will be for a period of nine years to intensify the work of the national and local level for social inclusion of Roma and combating their discrimination, and to create the conditions for access to the full realization of human rights of Roma.

The document covers five priority areas, namely education, housing, employment, health and social protection.
Serbia is on the road to joining the EU member states in terms of social inclusion of Roma.
In fact, our country as a basis for the development of this document benefited Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies by the European Commission, together with the European Parliament prescribed for its member countries, ensuring continued cooperation and continued support of the EU for Serbia to improve the position of Roma.

Operational conclusions from the third consecutive seminar on social inclusion of Roma in Serbia for the period from 2015 to 2017, that our country has prepared together with the European Commission, have become an integral part of this document.

Also, the draft strategy is aligned with the Action Plan for Negotiation Chapter 23, which relates to the judiciary and fundamental rights, in the process of Serbia's accession negotiations with the EU, explained in a statement.

Economic Empowerment of Roma Women...

In partnership with the Association of Roma Novi Bečej and the Women's Roma Center Veliki Crljeni Lazarevac, BIBIJA Roma Women's Center is implementing the project "Economic empowerment of Roma women: improving capacity for employment and self-employment" - "Economic empowerment of Roma women: increased capacity for employment and self-employment "

The project is funded by the European Union.
The overall objective of the project is aimed at improving the socio-economic situation and improving the social inclusion of Roma communities, especially Roma women.

Project activities are implemented on the territory of Belgrade: City Municipality Lazarevac, Novi Beograd, Rakovica, Čukarica and Novi Beograd, then in Novi Becej, Zrenjanin and Pancevo.



"Early, Forced and Child Marriages in Serbia..."

canada-logoOn 23 February 2016 Conference on "Early, forced and child marriages in Serbia: Towards mapping problems and possible solutions"  was opened by Philip Pinnington, Canadian Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia, the opening statement on this subject was given by Brankica Janković, Commissioner for Equality and Gordana Stevanovic, Deputy Protector of citizens for children's rights and gender equality.

The right to education and training opportunities offered to Roma girls was subject interpreted by Angelina Skarep from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. She has also spoken on the necessity of looking at the Romani women's issues in the context of the general democratization of the society and achieving gender equality: Milan Lazic, coordinator for human security and gender equality in the social inclusion and poverty reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia. Experience in the field of the Roma community itself divided the Romani women activist networks Nada Đuričković, Radmila Nešić, Jasmina Todorovic.

This conference is the final event of the three projects, civil society organizations:

  • STOP child marriage, the Foundation Ana and Vlade Divac
  • Education towards the prevention of early marriages among members / ica Roma community, Belgrade Center for Human Rights


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Series of Roundtables in the Campaign "16 days of Activism Against Violence Against Women" Completed

10616115 322617571264465 4418981151822699992 nCommittee for Health Protection in SKRUG - League of Roma and BIBIJA Romani Women's Centre have carried out a series of roundtables in the campaign "16 days of activism against violence against women." In addition to drawing attention to the problem of the Roma community, one of the goals of these activities is the involvement of local Roma organizations in the work of the Council for Health at the local level. The latest in a series of events held in Lebane 15.12.2014. in the building of the National Employment Service - Lebane, aiming to contribute to the achievement of a dynamic civil society in this local community that actively raises questions and participate in the public debate on the need for social inclusion in decision-making and public policy.

The participants of the round table were representatives of local institutions, municipalities, centers for social work, primary schools, employment services, as well as civil society organizations from Nis, Aleksinac and Lebane.

It was pointed out that the area of social and health care are topics that occupy a lot of attention of civil society, but also open up the possibility for active cooperation with the institutions of civil society, especially at the local level. The importance of adequate and available social and health care in particular stands out in strategic documents of Lebane, as well as local action plans for Roma in the Municipalities of Lebane. The implementation of this document is the key issue that has to be raised by the Roma civil sector in the municipality.

The participants agreed that the highest municipal authorities must take a more active role in the initiation and implementation of measures and activities envisaged by the Local Action Plan for Roma in Lebane. At the same time the need for cross-section cooperation between institutions in the field of health care, education, employment and social protection is highlighted with the mandatory participation of civil society organizations.

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