Main project outputs can be downloaded here:
1. Combating Anti-Roma Discrimination: Knowledge and Policies
One of the specific objectives of +RESPECT was to improve and share a knowledge base of quality-data specific on Roma peoples in order to use reliable monitoring data for the fight against anti-Roma discrimination by means of effective policies. In order to respond to this specific objective, +RESPECT dealt with an intense research activity, carried out in the form of a “partnership Observatory”, developing a report entitled “Combating Anti-Roma Discrimination: Knowledge and Policies”.
The report includes:
- analysis of data concerning qualitative indicators and monitoring tools on Roma peoples (actual and needed) in the different regions involved in the project and recommendations;
- analysis and collection of European good practices concerning anti discrimination of Roma peoples (education, labor market, health care)
Download the report here: Combating Anti-Roma Discrimination: Knowledge and Policies
2. Combating anti-Roma Prejudices and Stereotypes through Media: Knowledge-based Guidelines for Media Professionals
A set of fact-based guidelines for media professionals was developed by Cittalia and Regione Puglia as outcome of the four thematic seminars held in Brussels, Bari and Rome. The report is divided in two parts: “Roma anti-Discrimination and Media” and “Knowledge brings respect”. In the first part, the European anti-discrimination legal and policy frameworks are presented in relation, in particular, to the role of the media and ethical responsibility. The second part addresses the need of overcoming the anti-Roma prejudices through the presentation of data, good practices and specific recommendations and guidelines. Good experiences found at European level relating to the enhancement of a positive role of the media as “ethical” players are presented (“Charter of Rome”, “UNAR”, “In Other Words”, “NewsRom”, “Practical Guide for Journalists” made by Fundacion Secretariado Gitano, “Media4Diversity”, “Let your voice be heard”, “Nestlings”, the experience of Menter Cambridge).
As far as the recommendations are concerned, the +Respect Knowledge-based guidelines for Media professionals presents a set of ten basic, simple, yet fundamental, rules for media professionals to be used when reporting on Roma communities:
- Abide by codes of conduct and international standards: maintain professionalism
- Avoid generalization, simplification: stories are personal, not ethnic related
- Ban stereotypes and prejudices: they are not evidence-based
- Abstain from sensationalism: choose right words and images, be objective
- Report and condemn discriminatory articles: enhance credibility of media
- Inform about positive stories: do not squeeze Roma images only on exclusion and illegality
- Make media monitoring a long-term regular process: a constant training exercise
- Consider the consequences of inaccurate information: it fosters discrimination
- Let the voice of Roma be heard: involve Roma as sources, write their stories with them
- Build stronger ties with Roma communities and civil society: participation is a crucial factor
Download the guidelines here: Combating anti-Roma Prejudices and Stereotypes through Media: Knowledge-based Guidelines for Media Professionals
3. Roma People’s Participation in Civil Democracy Processes: +Respect Participatory Working Groups, Training and Information Sessions, Thematic Seminars
In the framework of +Respect project several working groups, trainings and information sessions have been organized. Through this strand of activities, the partnership has tried to foster an increase of Roma representatives’ active involvement in the whole process of citizenship and has contributed to the concept of democracy, ensuring an impact of project activities on target groups and on relevant stakeholders. Public officers and practitioners had the opportunity to acquire and use the skills necessary to deal with minorities’ issues and to guarantee that citizenship’s rights of Roma are respected in public service provisions; Roma groups had a chance to increase their awareness of the concept of “citizenship” both on the side of rights and duties.
The report “Roma peoples participation in civil democracy processes: +Respect Participatory Working Groups, Training and Information Sessions, Thematic Seminars”contains a summary of the participatory activities, the lessons learnt and some recommendations aimed in particular at local authorities.