Outcome Document of the international conference "Realizing the Rights of Roma Women in Ukraine", which was hosted On 17-18 October 2018 by UN Women in partnership with the Verkhovnaya Rada of Ukraine (Parliament), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Roma Women Fund “Chirikli”.

LONDON, Sept 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the hours after the mutilated body of a nine-year-old girl was found in a forest near the Ukrainian port city of Odessa, rumours spread quickly that a local Roma man had been arrested - and violent retribution followed.

Ensuring security for the Roma community in Ukraine was the focus of discussions at a side event organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) on 18 September 2017, during the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw.

We continue to introduce a special course on Roma mediation. On September 6-7, 2017, a two-day training session "Mediation as a form of social work with the Roma minority" was held in Kyiv under the ROMED-2 program.

Ukraine has been taking part in both ROMED1 and ROMED2, which contributed to strengthening the cooperation between the Ukrainian Roma communities and local and central authorities.

The coalition of Roma non-governmental organizations of Ukraine, "Strategy 2020", on July 27, 2017 appealed to the High Commissioner on Human Rights of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Valeria Lutkovska. The letter contains a request to take on Parliamentary control over the issue of protecting the rights and freedoms of Roma in Ukraine.

Being uprooted from your home by war is unimaginably tough for anyone, but for Roma families displaced by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, a new life in a strange city is especially difficult because of the marginalisation and discrimination they face on a daily basis.

ROMED1 was an innovative Programme from the Council of Europe and the European Union with a special curriculum to fit best European practice of mediation. Within this programme, 54 mediators were trained in 2011-2013. They represent a wide geographic scope of localities, including Zakarpattia, Kirovograd, Zhytomyr, Kharkiv and Lviv oblasts.

On February the 13th, 2017, Chiricli along with the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) have presented written comments on the situation of Romani Women in Ukraine to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) for consideration in its review of Ukraine’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Want to know more about mediation and Roma community participation in Ukraine? Would you like to help disseminate the info to Ukrainian-speaking actors? 
The country findings for Ukraine and the case studies in Darnitsa district in Kiev, and in Pereyaslav Khlmenitskyi are ready for download in our Resources section!

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