Annual Youth Conference on Roma Rights

So keres, Europa?! (So what, Europe?!)

Cluj-Napoca, Romania – Conference Day #4

 

Day 4 started with reflection groups meeting in the conference hall at 10:00 am.  After the reflection the around 300 delegates were getting ready to make a noise in the city by starting the 48-hours-action movement.

Before the kick-off for the 48-hours-actions the participants were shown a clip of a 2010 incident which happened in the host city of the conference, Cluj-Napoca. 76 families were forcibly evicted from their homes in the heart of Cluj and they were sent to Pata Rat, a ghetto placed nearby a landfill on the outskirts of the city. One of the victims of this 2010 tragedy gave testimony of her personal story which was touching but inspiring at the same time and made the participants more enthusiastic to be Changemakers and do their best to make this movement successful. The victim further said that Roma are the most persecuted minority. Being forcibly evicted from their own homes they were deprived the very basic rights of security and protection. She demanded that Roma should enjoy same rights as everyone else and that incidents like this should not happen in Europe.

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Annual Youth Conference on Roma Rights

So keres, Europa?! (So what, Europe?!)

Cluj-Napoca, Romania – Conference Day #3 

 

Workshop Rhythm through difference - make music using things from the garbage

Workshop “Rhythm through difference” – make music using things from the garbage

On day three of the „So keres, Europa?!“ event the participants continued their workshops in preparation for the 48-hours-actions. Additionally, everyone was invited to take part in a „Social Media Marathon“. All delegates were given 45 minutes to go to the city centre to tell the whole world about the “So keres, Europa?!“ movement. Pictures and videos are spread through social media like Twitter and Facebook.

Our delegates Miss Sheeba Kiran and Mr Shazar Khan took part in the workshop “Rhythm through difference“. Part of the workshop was to visit the slums of Pata Rat on the outskirts of Cluj-Napoca. Pata Rat is situated 800 meters from a landfill and 200 meters from a former pharmaceutical waste deposit. The purpose of the tour was to get better insight and understanding of the life of Roma people living in Pata Rat and to make music using things from the garbage.

Our team also had the opportunity to meet Greta Elena Rita, a resident of this hostile and dangerous to health area. She kindly agreed to share her story.

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Annual Youth Conference on Roma Rights

So keres, Europa?! (So what, Europe?!)

Cluj-Napoca, Romania – Conference Day #2 

 

Day two of „So keres, Europa?!“ started off with workshops. The delegates could choose from twelve different activities which all would lead to the 48-hour-actions which are at the heart of the Youth Conference in Cluj-Napoca.

The delegates are ready too be Changemakers

The delegates are ready to be Changemakers

A 48-hour-action describes a specific task that teams will have to fulfil within 48 hours. Time management, activities, materials and final presentation will be directed by the different teams and lie within their own responsibility.

Whatever the young delegates at “So keres, Europa?!” discuss, create and evaluate throughout the event-week shall find its expression and realization in one of the 48-hour-actions. The participants are challenged to mobilise their creativity and engagement – they are called to be Changemakers. A topic connected to the diverse 48-hour-actions is being prepared in several workshops throughout the week.

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