Active Inclusion & Rights of Roma Women in the Western Balkans


Project Description

Active Inclusion & Rights of Roma Women in the Western Balkans is designed in connection with the European Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies, adopted by the European Union in 2011. This strategy refers to the position of Romani women and is also relevant for the accession countries. The Communication from the Commission states that the national Roma integration strategies and action plans should be reviewed to meet the goals of Roma integration. In line with the goals of the European Union the overall objective of the project is to contribute to the improvement of the socioeconomic situation of Romani women in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Montenegro (CG) through their active participation in policy-making. These three countries have already developed National Strategies for Roma, within the framework of the “Decade of Roma Inclusion” and their accession process to the European Union. Recent research indicates, however, that these policies are mostly gender-blind and do no adequately reflect the situation of Romani women, who are marginalised not only from majority societies but also within Roma communities. In consequence the project purpose is to strengthen Romani women organisations to promote gender-responsive National Action Plans and to monitor their implementation.

This will be achieved through 5 inter-related results:

- Roma women CSOs have established strong coalitions with non-Romani CSOs in the three target countries in order to promote gender-responsive National Action Plans and to monitor their implementation;

- Increased meaningful participation of Romani women in representative or advisory bodies for Roma and women;

- Romani women CSOs have meaningfully participated in process to revise national action plans on Roma inclusion from a gender perspective and in the monitoring of their implementation;

- Best practices on prevention of drop-outs of Romani girls from schools developed, implemented, documented and shared; 

- Best practices on community-based initiatives for the prevention of GBV and the access to general and sexual & reproductive health care developed, implemented, documented and shared.

The total budget of the project is 888.000 Euros, 799.920 Euros is grant of ADC and 88.880 are CARE funds.


Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro

Partner Organizations

Udruženje žena Romkinja “Better Future” – Tuzla

Ženski romski centar “Bibija” – Belgrade

Center for Roma Initiatives - Nikšić


Austrian Development Cooperation


36 months (from 1 December 2011 – 30 November 2014)

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