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Roma Youth Forum: launch, familiarity, communication space

On March 31 Roma Youth Forum was launched in Kyiv. It will last three days. The first day was a meeting and determining priorities for future work.

The acquaintance of the participants began with a question "What freedom is to me?" This word is the key one, as the title of the Forum is "600 years of Freedom".

Three main themes that will constantly accompany the Forum of young Roma activists are knowledge, creativity, responsible leadership. They form the idea of the scale event that is held under the support of International Renaissance Foundation.


Photo by Olena Orlova/IRC "Legal Space".


The symbolism of the Forum is a bracelet of a stylized Roma wheel chakra, which symbolizes the life of the Roma. This logo is a tribute to the Indian heritage of the Roma, and 16 points around the iconic image means 16 spokes of the Vardo wheel - wagons that the homes of Roma families in their regular travels. Photo by Roma Youth Forum.

The Forum brought together about 70 young Roma from all regions of Ukraine. They are supported by mentors, Roma activists, NGO leaders, human rights defenders.


Photo by Olena Orlova/IRC "Legal Space".


Work in groups. Photo by Olena Orlova/IRC "Legal Space".


Work in groups. Photo by Olena Orlova/IRC "Legal Space".

What is freedom to you?

What do you do in life?

What can a person earn your trust?

What is your  organization in 5 years?

These are just some of the topics offered to reveal understanding how young Roma are living, and they, in turn, learn about each other. Also there was conducted communication networking, uniting groups in a shared space.


Forum participants. Photo by Olena Orlova/IRC "Legal Space".

More information is available on Facebook page of the Forum.

More photos are available in the gallery.

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