Athens to host Roma women’s international conference

Dates: 11 and 12 January 2010

Location: Athens, Greece (Zappeion Conference and Exhibition Centre)

Organised by the Council of Europe, the Greek Ministry of Interior, Decentralisation and E-Government, the Greek Inter-Municipal Rom Network (ROM Network) and the International Roma Women’s Network (IRWN).

Description: Tackling the main challenges that Romani women and their communities face today will be the focus of an international conference in Athens on 11 and 12 January.

The conference, entitled “I am a European Roma woman”, will discuss changing negative perceptions of Roma women in the media, eliminating harmful practices such as the early marriages and forced sterilization as well as promoting entrepreneurship and economic empowerment of Roma women.

The conference will bring together Roma women from 30 Council of Europe member states who will share experiences about their daily involvement in improving the social condition of their communities.

The speakers at the opening session will include Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Council of Europe Deputy General Secretary, Nyamko Sabuni, Swedish Minister for Integration and Gender Equality, and a high-level representative of the Greek authorities. A press conference is planned for 11 January at 10.30 am at the Conference venue.

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Practical information:

- The whole conference is open to the press.

- Journalists may request interviews with participants and audiovisual information through the press officer below.

Contact : Ulvi Akhundlu, Press Division, Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 26 38 ; Mob:+33(0)6 61 14 83 16; Ulvi.Akhundlu@coe.int

Council of Europe Directorate of Communication
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11