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First fruits of the proposals of the gypsy organizations to save the street vending

The effort of the gypsy organizations to make proposals to save the street vending bears its first fruits. Next, we make a brief chronological account of it.

 

On April 27, 2020, different gypsy and pro-gypsy organizations, which are some of the most representative in the whole of the Spanish State, prepared a position document in the face of the serious crisis in which street vending is immersed in Spain. The will of these organizations with this document was to establish a line of dialogue with the autonomous governments, as well as the state government, to address both emergency measures and the more structural measures that have a medium and long-term time horizon.

 

We leave a link to the full document of these conversations, where all the gypsy and pro-gypsy organizations that have prepared it and others that have adhered to it appear.

 

Subsequently, on May 6, an online meeting was held between the parliamentary group in the Congress of Citizen Deputies and the Khetane Platform, since following the publication of the statement of proposals to save the street vendor listed above, He showed his interest in meeting with our Platform for the representative role of the whole of the gypsy associative movement that we play. In this meeting, various aspects related to the serious crisis suffered by street vendors in our country were discussed and served to exchange opinions on the situation of the Gypsy People in this crisis of COVID-19.

 

The Khetane Platform was represented by a delegation made up of: Antonio Vázquez Saavedra (FAGEX), Jose Carmona Carmona (E Rroma Va Socio-Cultural Federation), as well as its director Iñaki Vázquez Arencón. The Citizens delegation was made up of our cousin Sara Giménez and María Muñoz, both deputies in Congress and Ramón Mateo, a technician from the same parliamentary group.

 

Link: http://plataformakhetane.org/index.php/2020/05/14/primeros-frutos-de-las-propuestas-de-las-organizaciones-gitanas-para-salvar-la-venta-ambulante/?fbclid=IwAR3dwj9hA1GNNJh17bxRNDTV_HoKIOAcTB1bFBi5Mh68-1vaM8kqRVhRcEA

CSOs call on RSM government to change decision to drastically reduce financial support for civil society

 

The Civil Society and the Council for Cooperation with and Development of the Civil Sector call on the Government of the Republic of Northern Macedonia to reconsider and change its decision to drastically reduce financial support for civil society organizations, published in the Official Gazette of RSM on April 9, 2020.

 

This decision, by which financial support, depending on the institution, is either completely abolished or severely reduced, is made in a non-transparent manner, without consulting civil society organizations, stakeholders and the general public, which speaks to the government's unprincipled attitude towards civil society. crisis time. With the decision to reduce the necessary support by approximately 525,000 euros, the state de facto exempts civil society as a relevant partner in dealing with the crisis caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.

 

Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the civil society organizations from the very beginning of the epidemic mobilized very quickly and efficiently, made available all their resources and through a series of activities provided direct and humanitarian assistance to the most affected citizens. Unfortunately, the Government of RSM does not recognize this quick reaction for taking actions that are of great importance for the citizens, but also for directly dealing with the crisis, as a partnership in the fight against COVID-19. Moreover, the decision to reduce the financial support of the Government of RSM seriously hinders the sustainability and ongoing work of organizations, especially in terms of their assistance and support to communities in times of crisis.

 

CSOs are a key segment in a democratic society, they have the skills, knowledge, services and access to priority target groups, which are often much more appropriate than those of state institutions.

The official reaction has been submitted to the Government of RSM, and the full text can be found at the following link: https://bit.ly/34Pqbk7

Roma NGO network reacts to plagiarism campaign by Avaja

Ahead of the Parliamentary elections scheduled for April 12, 2020, one of the highlights is the issue of the Roma community, their needs for inclusion of priorities in political programs.

 

That struggle and priorities have always been important and various campaigns have been organized in that direction, most notably the Roma NGO sector.

 

In 2016, during the parliamentary elections, a network of Roma NGOs organized a campaign called "My Voice - My Responsibility"

The campaign presented the needs and problems of the Roma community for which they were identified during that period.

 

Four years later, more precisely now, in the run-up to these 2020 Parliamentary elections, similar events are being organized, but now without the network of Roma NGOs, but implemented by Roma activists and intellectuals from the AVAJA civic initiative, and named almost with the motto "My Voice - My Duty"

 

All is well, but the Roma NGO Network responds and wonders: "What is different with the previous implemented campaign and this one organized by Avaja?

 

What is the point and difference in this and the previous campaign. In the previous one, 70% of the Roma NGO sector participated, while this campaign was a "solo" of Avaja?

 

The reaction of the Roma NGO network is that this is quite transparent by Avaja, with the campaign title being plagiarized 4 years ago with a slight permutation of the slogan from "My Voice - My Responsibility" to "My Voice - My Duty" “

 

The second highlight is that Avaja is acting independently, not of a different ambition, but only because he wants to promote himself, and to self-confidently impose himself as a "factor" in the Roma community.

 

And the third point is the financial resource, where in the previous campaign the budget was equally distributed among all the Roma NGOs on the net, and in this campaign Avaja was "its own boss".

 

No more comment from the Roma NGO network is needed.

Discrimination against Roma women is difficult to eradicate

Roma women face many types of discrimination and suffer violence, but they often do not recognize it and do not even report it. Things may change, but it is not known how long it will take. NGOs work to raise awareness of education and economic empowerment.

Discrimination of Roma women comes from the family, and then only goes on in all social segments of their lives. They are discriminated against on all grounds, and this is difficult to recognize and it is still a matter of time for them to fight for their rights, respect and dignity, among other things, says young Birsana Demirovska from Kumanovo's Roma settlement Sredorek.

“There are many types of discrimination. There's violence, but women don't even try to report it because they think it's normal for their husband to slap them or something. "

The Roma women in the period of almost unfinished childhood enter the wild marital communities, and then the children give birth to children.

Link: https://www.slobodnaevropa.mk/a/30295489.html

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