Overcoming barriers by listening to young Roma
John Warmisham is the Congress’ Rapporteur for Roma issues. In this interview he explains the importance of making efforts to include Roma Youth at local and regional level. The voice of Roma, especially the one of young Roma leaders, has to have a place, as stated by the Congress’ Recommendation 354 (2014) on ‘Empowering Youth through participation’. John Warmisham as municipal councilor in England states that his role is to go to meet and listen to them. For him, making a commitment for a better understanding of Roma is to maintain a close link, in particular by emphasizing the Roma culture. The European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion, in his opinion, is a fantastic way for local and regional authorities to engage in the exchange of best practices for Roma inclusion.