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FUNDACIÓN SECRETARIADO GITANO CONTRIBUTES TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF OVER 28,000 PEOPLE IN 2017 [editar]

REDUCING INEQUALITIES - MAINLY IN THE FIELDS OF EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION AND HEALTH - AND DEFENDING THE RIGHTS OF ROMA, AT THE HEART OF OUR WORK IN 2017

04/06/2018
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FUNDACIÓN SECRETARIADO GITANO CONTRIBUTES TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF OVER 28,000 PEOPLE IN 2017

Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) presents the English version of its Annual Report 2017.

Closing the inequality gap affecting the Roma community and guaranteeing the right to non-discrimination have been at the centre of the work of Fundación Secretariado Gitano, an NGO with 54 offices in 14 regions across Spain. In 2017, a total of 117,123 people took part in one of the 511 programmes run by the organisation and 28,253 were direct beneficiaries of our work.

Isidro Rodríguez, Director General, stated "We present the results of 2017, a year in which we continued working to reduce the social inequalities that affect thousands of Roma, improve the living conditions and to defend their rights, which are in general poorly, if at all, guaranteed. This report also describes the impact of our work as one of the main organizations in our sector that each year works in an honest and effective way to achieve a just society, more equal and cohesive. And also, in our case, to ensure that Roma are no longer relegated to the fringes of this society or experience discrimination.


Employment: Acceder and Learning by Doing, effective training and employment initiatives with great impact

Through Acceder, an effective benchmark programme fostering the socio-labour inclusion of the Roma community, the Fundación Secretariado Gitano assisted 16,831 people, of whom 4,650 received training and 3,422 found a job. In addition, 5,374 employment contracts were signed and 1,726 companies collaborated with it.

440 young Roma participated in the Learning by Doing programme, a programme that offers dual training with frontline companies as a way to combat unemployment of the most excluded young Roma. 52% of participants entered the labour market which resulted in a significant improvement of their living conditions and those of their families.


Education

FSG strongly believes that education will change the future of young Roma.

64% of Roma students do not complete compulsory secondary education (age 12-16), compared to 13% of the general population. The Promociona Programme comes to prove that these high rates of school failure amongst Roma can be effectively tackled through the appropriate tools. This Programme has helped an increasing number of young Roma to finish secondary school and continue on to higher education. The pillar of Promociona is a personalised education guidance for the pupil and his/ her family, in conjunction with schools. In 2017, 1,309 pupils took part in the programme. 73% completed compulsory secondary school, of whom 90% continued on to post-compulsory education. In 2017, Promociona received the National Education Award of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.

In 2017, 3 young Roma women enrolled in post-graduate studies received the FSG-Luis Sáez Scholarships. The aim of these scholarships is to increase the presence of Roma women students in higher education where they are still underrepresented.

Social Inclusion: Breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty

In 2017 we continued to advocate for policies that protect the families most in need in an effort to break the generational cycle of poverty. We have accompanied and advised 205 families in access to decent housing.

Thanks to programmes financed by organisations like “Obra Social La Caixa” and the Income Tax – Solidarity programme, we met the basic needs of 2,609 children and their families.  

 

We promote equality and defend the victims of discrimination and anti-gypsyism

We support and counsel victims of hate crime and discrimination and coordinate the Assistance and Counselling Service for Victims of Racial or Ethnic Discrimination formed by seven other organisations. In 2017, we accompanied 401 Victims of hate crime and discrimination and defended victims in 11 Court cases on discrimination. We also published the XIII Annual Report on Discrimination and the Roma Community that identified 334 victims in 202 cases of discrimination.

We promote the equality and empowerment of Roma women. Through the Calí programme 1,373 women have received personalised support to facilitate their labour market inclusion and active participation in society. The programme is run by a team of 30 women (of whom 25 are Roma).

 

International

In 2017, FSG was involved in organising the 2nd Roma week in the European Parliament. We continued to coordinate the EURoma Network which brings together 15 countries and aims to achieve a more effective use of the ESI Funds for Roma inclusion and we were also members of 2 European Commission consultation bodies.

We were also part of the coordinating team of the European project “Roma Civil Monitoring” aimed at building the capacity of coalitions of NGOs from 27 Member States to monitor the National Roma Integration Strategies

We participated in the European Platform for Roma Inclusion sponsored by the European Commission and we took part on two European Commission advisory groups.

 

Awareness-Raising

In 2017, FSG launched two successful campaigns: Starting from Zero, which sought to raise awareness of the inequality and discrimination that the Roma community still suffers and Samuel’s question, that brought attention to the fact that Roma history and culture are absent from school textbooks.
This video summarizes our work during 2017 in 4 minutes

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