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The term “Roma and Travellers” is used at the Council of Europe to encompass the wide diversity of the groups covered by the work of the Council of Europe in this field including Roma, Sinti/Manush, Calé, Kaale, Romanichals, Boyash/Rudari, Balkan Egyptians (Egyptians and Ashkali), Eastern groups (Dom, Lom and Abdal), groups such as Travellers, Yenish, and the populations designated under the administrative term “Gens du voyage”, as well as persons who identify themselves as Gypsies.


Alliance Taskforce participates in youth meeting on fighting Roma stereotypes in Tuscany, Italy

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Youth is a priority when it comes to Roma inclusion, therefore Nikolai Atefie, the Alliance Youth Project Manager, participated from 12th to 19th May 2013 in the seminar “Demystifying Roma: Challenging Stereotypes and Narratives about Roma” in Tuscany and the City of Florence. The event was organized by Phiren Amenca, a Budapest-based network of Roma and non-Roma volunteers and voluntary service organizations. The seminar focused on informal education, exchanges between active young Roma and non-Roma on measures to fight stereotypes and organisation of a “flash mob”, dedicated to anti-segregation in schools, held on 18th May on one of the main squares in Florence city centre. The group was invited to “Campi Nomadi”, a Roma settlement in the suburbs of Florence, to meet the spiritual leader of the Islamic community amongst others and to discuss religious and social issues.


This activity was presented in co-operation with Romà Onlus and CSD Diaconia Valdese and funded by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.