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Prime Minister Zaev from NRC Kumanovo received recognition for contribution to peace, well-being, development and integration of Roma

Today, the Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, received a delegation from the association National Roma Centrum (NRC), whose executive director Asmet Elezovski gave Prime Minister Zaev recognition for his contribution to ensuring peace, well-being, development and integration of Roma and all other citizens in the country.

At the meeting, held at the Government Hall of the Republic of Northern Macedonia, the representatives of the Association NRC, in separate speeches, introduced the Prime Minister Zaev with his work and program goals, noting that they are working to improve the rights not only of the members of the Roma community, but all citizens with different social and ethnic structure, especially the marginalized and socially vulnerable categories.

"This day, April 8 - International Roma Day, is a great opportunity to thank you for everything you do about children, women and in general the rights of Roma, to improve their quality of life and other citizens, because your activism is of invaluable wealth and from the help and efforts and measures taken by the Government, "Prime Minister Zaev congratulated the holiday and stressed that he expresses sincere gratitude for all the activism of the civil society organizations, in the name of the executive power and all citizens, with hopeEka Government will further motivate them in further efforts.

Prime Minister Zaev underlined that the government is aimed at working on social aspects, improving the infrastructure, conditions for education and employment of the members of the Roma community.

"We are sincere to achieve an equal society for all citizens," Prime Minister Zaev said, underlining that the Republic of Northern Macedonia creates living conditions that correspond to one member state of the European Union.

Addressing the President of the Government of the Republic of Northern Macedonia, acknowledging the contribution to the development of the society for equal opportunities, Director Elezovski and the President of the Managing Board of the Association Ms. Nada Stojmenova emphasized that the National Roma Centrum will continue with the mission for solving the problems faced by citizens and those most vulnerable groups who need social, health and legal assistance, with the sole aim of achieving social inclusion and involving justice and equal rights is equal for all.

New facilitators and experts engaged in the Romacted program

The Romacted program shows good results through an initiative where facilitators across 11 cities and municipalities with members of the LAG refer to local governments.

In this phase of realization of this program, 4 additional facilitators have been hired, and for each local self-government there are experts from several areas who will be engaged in realization of the priorities of the Roma community in those cities.

Culture in most cities appears as an area known to the Roma community as a segment that there is little work, and it is necessary to establish cultural centers that will be the place where the Roma community will decide on their identity, culture, language.

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Campaign for ERIO "We Are Roma"

The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) carried out a social media campaign We Are Roma. Within the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, the campaign aimed to fight discrimination Roma face as a consequence of prejudices and stereotypical images that non-Roma have about the Roma culture. Moreover, it aimed to promote Roma culture and identity.
 
To view the campaign material, please visit our website: www.erionet.eu/campaign-we-are-roma. You can also follow the campaign hastags #WeAreRoma, #ProudAndRoma and #WeHaveTheRight.
 
The campaign video raises awareness about the richness of Roma culture(s) and identity. Roma have been present in Europe for centuries and have contributed to European cultural heritage through music, dance, painting, and literature. Yet, others have failed to recognise it. It is important to put Roma culture on an equal footing with other cultures, as an integral part of a rich and vast European and world culture.

This is important in a context in which hate, discrimination and anti-Gypsyism are always so strong.

NRC organized a final conference titled "No differences"

On the 19th of this month at the Holiday Inn in Skopje, NRC from Kumanovo hosted the closing conference of the project "Prevention of discrimination against Roma children named as" No differences

At the closing conference, the Minister without Portfolio in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia addressed the audience. Musafar Bajram, Deputy Ombudsman Vaska Bajramovska Mustafa, Director of the Department for Register of Birth Registers, Dardishta Bujar, and Project Manager of the EU Delegation to Skopje, Nafi Saracini.

The conference is taking place with the thematic and concrete presentations of the project activities as well as the results, and a documentary film was also presented.

The project was implemented by the National Roma Centrum (NRC) with the support of the Fund of the European Union and other supporters of the project titled "Prevention of discrimination against Roma children".

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