Study Tour to Brussels


As a part of EU component of the FAIR II project, through November 21st to 24th, 2017 CARE Balkans, together with CARE EU Office from Brussels, organised a visit to Brussels for a delegation of 9 Roma women activists from the FAIR II project countries and 3 CARE representatives. The visit took place during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence during which the group met representatives of relevant EU institutions and civil society organizations/groups during which for the first time EU representatives had a women’s delegation to hear their voice and learn about their activities, results and current situation in Roma communities and their respective countries.


  • DG Justice with Jana Balazova and Gesa Boeckermann, non-discrimination policies and Roma coordination, Policy Officers
  • DG NEAR & EEAS  
    • DG NEAR: Davide Denti (Desk Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina, Policy Officer), Konstantinos Niafas (Desk Serbia, Policy Officer), Roxana Merticariu (Desk Montenegro, Policy Officer), Dorthe Helene Vedel Fors (Assistant to the Adviser in charge of Coordination of Roma policy)
    • EEAS: Peter Torda (Chair, Informal Task Force on UNSCR 1325), EEAS Advisor, Charlotte Isaksson (Senior Gender Advisor to the EEAS Principal Advisor  on Gender & UNSCR 1325/WPS), Mara Marinaki’s adviser.

In addition Davide Denti arranged additional meeting with representatives from BiH to hear more issues that Roma women like to raise during the next Policy Dialogue and Roma Seminar.

  • ERGO Network with Jamen Gabriela Hrabanova, Director and Jelena Jovanović Policy and research coordinator
  • Open Society Foundations with Ismael Cortes, Policy analyst


The participants of the Study Tour took participation in other events organized in Brussels at that time:

  • Europe needs feminism, event organised by MEP Soraya Post at the European Parliament with 50 Participants: CARE delegation, ENAR, European Lesbian Conference, Young Feminists Sweden
  • EU Fundamental Rights Colloquium on Women’s Rights in Turbulent Times
  • Final Conference on Early Marriage Prevention “Professionals, Parents and Children Combating Early Marriages in Roma Communities


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