Handboek voor Roma
New handbook on “intercultural mediation” for Roma communities just published
The Council of Europe has just published a new handbook on a human rights based approach to promote “intercultural mediation” in Roma communities.
The 127-page ROMED1 Trainers’ handbook is based on five years of work from the Council of Europe and European Commission joint initiative “ROMED1 programme – Intercultural mediation for Roma communities”.
To achieve integration and social cohesion, mediation is essential to bridge gaps between Roma communities and public institutions, such as schools and health facilities, but it also increases links between local and regional administrations and Roma communities.
Since 2011, ROMED1 has been operating in 22 countries to promote Roma integration throughout Europe. It has trained some 1,500 mediators, most of them Roma – and others who have a very good knowledge of Roma communities where they work. Based on this rich experience, the handbook serves as a useful tool for national and local authorities, NGOs and others involved in Roma-related projects at the local level.