Fight homophobia and ostracism against Roma, in the past and today

Conference – Symposium – Forum
24-27 May 2019 | Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Context of the conference

Knowledge of the history of Europe is necessary to be able to interpret the different perceptions of current events. The knowledge that the citizens should acquire in order to be aware of a relationship between current events and processes in the past is not primarily based on simple facts and dates but also on a knowledge of basic structures, the economic and social situation, and political systems.

In many totalitarian countries minorities were not considered of the perfect race, or did not fit into the ideology of the totalitarian societies. The Roma were seen by the Nazis as being inferior, they were not as good a human being as the superior race and in October 1939 all Roma were ordered to be sent to concentration camps. During this period, Roma were subjected to genocide and totally denied of their civil rights.

The conference will gather activists for the Roma issues, Roma and Non Roma politicians, historians, young people in order to discuss about the scope of democracy in the past and today, What are the educational tools and legal instruments at EU and national levels to fight racism and xenophobia, how to boost the Roma involvement into decision making process.

Aim and Objectives

The aim of the conference is to raise awareness about the Roma Holocaust and Human Rights Education stimulating the critical thinking and debate of young people, their reflection and understanding of history and antigipsysm.

To reach the general aim of the TC, the objectives are:
-Raise involvement of Roma and non-Roma citizens in European debate on Roma Inclusion;
– Sent key points to the stakeholders: Roma civic and democratic participation is necessary for greater Roma inclusion and better future perspectives in Europe
– Roma and non-Roma volunteers and activists, sharing their grassroots engagement and practices;
– Build alliances of Roma organizations to the established stakeholders


Roma and non-Roma youth leaders, activists, multipliers, and volunteers who are working with young and/or Roma youth.
Participants should also:

  • be familiar with the situation and challenges of the Roma community in their country;
  • be motivated to develop their competences in advocacy, anti-discrimination work; human rights and to share their experiences with other participants;
  • be aged 18+;
  • be committed to attend for the full duration of the course;
  • be able to work in English;
  • be resident in one of the EU countries and of Balkan countries: North Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro,Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.

Available downloads: Call for participants 24-27 May 2019,Skopje (2).pdf

Application deadline: April 12

Training overview:

This Conference – Symposium – Forum is for 28 participants from Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries , Western Balkan countries  and recommended for Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth researchers

Organiser: Roma Youth Center (Youth NGO)

Contact for questions: Senad Sakipovski


Phone: +389 71 376 260


Participation fee

There is no participation fee however participants are encouraged to contribute to the travel costs.

Accommodation and food

The organizers cover the costs for accommodation, board and any program-related costs. The venue is in the city center of the capital Skopje.

Travel reimbursement

Travel costs are reimbursed during the seminar or afterwards by bank transfer based on a fully presented travel reimbursement claim (flight bookings, boarding tickets, invoices, bus/train tickets), based on the cheapest means and up to a certain amount:
– Western Europe max. 250 Euro,
– Central and Eastern Europe max 200 Euro;
– Balkan countries: return bus ticket price.

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