News and events

11. 3. 2020.

Meet, Do Not Judge!

Radmila Nešić’s life, and partially her professional career in recent years have been marked by activism. She has been running Ternipe Association for ten years now, the association that currently coordinates the work of Roma Women Network. The Association was founded in Pirot, where Radmila lives, and works with programmes and projects for Roma integration in the society, with special emphasis on youth and women.

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9. 3. 2020.

Month of Roma Women Activism to be launched on the International Women’s Day. ROMA WOMEN DEFEAT PREJUDICE

The campaign aims to draw attention to stereotypes and prejudices often observed as the common denominator in discrimination against Roma men and women. At the hearth of this year’s campaign running through 8 April, the International Roma Day, is a fight against stereotypes on how early and child marriages constitute an integral part of Roma tradition.

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12. 2. 2020.


Under the German Development Cooperation project “Inclusion of Roma and other marginalised groups in Serbia”, the town of Požarevac is implementing measures “Achieving inclusive socio-economic development through the promotion of Roma entrepreneurship and employment.” The partner organisation joining forces in said activities is the Roma Association of the Braničevo District from Požarevac. The activities have started on 1 October 2019 and will continue until the end of 2020, with the planned value of activities implemented under “Achieving inclusive socio-economic development through the promotion of Roma entrepreneurship and employment” amounting to EUR 150,000.

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24. 1. 2020.

Persons most discriminated in the labour market are persons with disabilities, the elderly, persons with different political beliefs and the Roma

As suggested by opinions of the vast majority of employers, the unemployed and employees, the discrimination at work and in employment in Serbia most certainly exists – as further confirmed by the Labour Market Discrimination Survey, implemented with support of the German Development Cooperation for the needs of the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality of the Republic of Serbia, and delivered within the framework of the “Inclusion of Roma and other marginalised groups in Serbia”. The study presented today at the Envoy Conference Centre in Belgrade confirmed that 92% of employers, 86% of unemployed persons, and 84% of employees affirm the presence of discrimination.

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11. 12. 2019.

Employment projects for hard-to-employ population categories

The Inclusion Initiative was launched in mid-2017 when the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities began the project-related collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, the National Employment Service, the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit and the Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations of the Republic of Serbia.

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9. 12. 2019.

“Meet, Do Not Judge” campaign started! Anti-discrimination laws are in place and their implementation is pending

Serbia has the necessary legal base and mechanisms to combat discrimination against Roma that is unfortunately, being insufficiently and improperly implemented. The main prerequisite for improving the position of Roma is combating stereotypes and prejudices that remain ingrained in all pores of the society and henceforth limit access to education, health and social protection system, employment and housing – the conclusion reached during the panel discussion held today in Niš at “Deli” Coworking space.

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18. 11. 2019.

Growing awareness on unacceptability of discrimination in Serbia

Two thirds of citizens (69%) believe the level of discrimination in Serbia is significant, whereas 50% believe Roma are the ones most exposed to discrimination, followed by women (33%), LGBT population (33%), persons with intellectual disabilities and mental disorders (33%) and the poor (31%) – as illustrated by results of the Citizens’ Attitudes on Discrimination in Serbia.

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24. 10. 2019.

New measures for social inclusion of Roma

The official signing of the Cooperation Agreement with pilot towns and municipalities within the framework of the German Development Cooperation project “Inclusion of Roma and other marginalised groups in Serbia”, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), took place at the MP’s Club. Towns and municipalities across Serbia, namely - Aleksinac, Vranje, Vršac, Kragujevac, Kruševac, Pirot, Požarevac and Subotica, took part in the signing of the Cooperation Agreement, while the programme itself is currently being implemented in city municipalities of Zvezdara and New Belgrade.

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17. 10. 2019.

New employment opportunities for Roma youth after completing skills training

Novi Sad, 17 October 2019 – At the ceremony held in Novi Sad, after completing training courses organised by the Educational Centre for Vocational and Work Skills Training, 63 participants received certificates on successfully completed training and are now ready to seize their opportunities in the labour market. The young unemployed Roma have been trained in this state accredited institution in occupations such as hairdressers, pedicurists, manicurists, construction machinery operators, bakers and accountants.

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