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June 2018

Seventh in a row public event of “Roma Civic Parliament” – Prilep


DSC03922After six months of the official meeting with the professional services of the ULSG Prilep, after the change that occurred as a result of the Local elections (December 5, 2017), the “Roma Civic Parliament” held a re-meeting in order to review the promised projects and intakes of the Mayor, the President of the Council and the directors of the PUCs, and propose new conclusions for further work.

The Roma opened the issues of capital investments in the settlement Trizla 2 as well as about the legalization of illegally built objects because of the fact that many of the residents of the Municipality of Prilep still have not complied with the legalization requirements, which can lead them to exceed the legal deadline and remain without property papers.

May 2018

ROMA S.O.S. at the celebration of “25-years Foundation Open Society Macedonia”

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With a series of regional and international events on topics of social significance, during May, the Foundation Open Society – Macedonia (FOSM) marked the 25th anniversary of its existence. At these events, participants from Macedonia and abroad discussed important topics such as Macedonia’s EU entry, legal strengthening, health of the Roma, freedom and the Internet, youth and open society, educational reforms, the power of art and culture for social changes, as well as the future and perspectives of the open society in Macedonia.

Association ROMA S.O.S. participated actively in some of these events, promoting the results of the successful work in their areas of action.

April 2018

Informative campaign “The road to children’s allowance is short”


In the period from March to April, 2018, with the support of UNICEF, an informative campaign was implemented in the Roma communities in Prilep, Shtip, Bitola, Kumanovo, Gjorce Petrov and Shuto Orizari. For that purpose, an interactive theater performance “The road to children’s allowance is short” was prepared, and it was created in order to help parents to overcome information barriers to accessing cash transfers for children.

The campaign was a continuation of the research that the association ROMA S.O.S. implemented in 2017 in the six municipalities, about utilization of social benefits for children and the factors that limit the access of the Roma community as well as the Baseline study that came as a result of it.

March 2018


Newsletter_No_7Seventh edition of the association ROMA S.O.S. Prilep, for the period from June 24th to October 24th, 2017, in order to:

  • Inform the public about already realized activities of the project,
  • Illustration of the progress that is achieved quarterly,
  • Education of the Roma community on issues of their interest and incentive to engage them in advocacy and protection of their rights.

The Newsletter is a tool through which the association initiates discussion and sequential responses of the Roma Civic Parliament (RCP).

“Poverty concerns us all, but some are poorer than the others” – humanitarian party on the occasion of 8th of March

We all have the responsibility to help those who need it most!


On the occasion of International women’s day, a humanitarian party aimed to raise funds to help poor families of the Roma community and children on the streets who are registered in the association ROMA S.O.S. The party was held at the restaurant “La Casa Grande” in Prilep, in the presence of 450 Roma women, the mayor of Municipality of Prilep Ilija Jovanoski and the President of the Council Mile Talevski. 

February 2018

Roma participate at shaping of local policies and budget in the solving-process of their problems

05.12.2017 – Celebrated 10 years of commitment of promoting the difference between Equality and Equity. Roma do not have the same starting point with the rest of the population, therefore they need more support (equity) for finally everyone can achieve the same success.


Organized by the association ROMA S.O.S. and the informal group “Roma Civic Parliament”, 100 Roma had a meeting  with the Mayor of Municipality of Prilep – Mr. Ilija Jovanoski and directors of Public Companies from Prilep. The purpose of joint meeting was presenting actual requirements, needs and problems of the Roma living in settlement ‘Trizla 2’, for their inclusion in urban plan and local government program for 2018.

Roma were interested for improvement of infrastructure in “Trizla 2”? When the streets with sewerage will be covered with asphalt? Will Dabnicki channel be arrange and whether a bridge will be installed? How to improve infrastructure in the areas ‘Tri Bagremi’, ‘Mexico’, ‘Debarca’?

December 2017

Association ROMA S.O.S. awarded with “November 3rd” award for education of the Roma population

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At the solemn meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Prilep, held on the occasion of the Day of the Liberation of Prilep, plaquette “November 3rd” was awarded to the association ROMA S.O.S. for education of the citizens of Roma nationality in the Municipality of Prilep.

Everyone can fight for their right, as long as they do not endanger exercising of the rights of others!” – it was the key message in the daily education of the Roma population over the past year, though which the association alluded to the needs of collectivity rather than of the individual. In parallel, leadership has been promoted as a team work from which all involved parties enjoy prosperity and achieve a common result.

October 2017

ROMA S.O.S. at the promotion of UNFPA’s State of World Population report for 2017


22539840_1144411932325128_4013633863005238694_nPromotion of the annual report of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) “Worlds apart – Reproductive Health and Rights in an age of Inequality”[i] was held on the occasion of the World Day for Eradication of Poverty, which states that in most of the developing countries, 20 percent of women in the poorest of the population have the lowest access to sexual and reproductive health services, including contraception. These women, as the report says, have the greatest risk of unplanned pregnancy and health consequences.

Inequality increasingly refers to those who can and those who can not. Poor women who do not have the means to make their own decision on the family size, or who are in poor health due to inadequate reproductive health care, dominate the ranks of those who can not.

September 2017

Ministries take over draft law amendments for better protection against child marriage


     21742943_1587099034678072_8661674354833056246_nToday a Public Hearing was held in organization of the association ROMA S.O.S. and the offices of UNICEF, UNFPA and NDI, in the Club of Members of Parliament – Skopje, in order to respond to the question: How to get better legal and institutional protection from the issue of “child marriage”? At the public hearing, present guests were representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Interior, the State Education Inspectorate, the State Council for Prevention of child delinquency, the Office of the Ombudsman, as well as MPs in the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia, legal / judicial practitioners, representatives of national and local institutions and non-governmental organizations

In addition to the organizers, representatives of the relevant ministries also spoke:

*NESIME SALIOSKA (Executive Director, ROMA S.O.S.) – “The conclusions and recommendations from the two-year commitment to identify potential solutions, translated into the amendments to the Criminal Code, the Law on Family and the Law on Secondary Education, will be presented and discussed today. Based on expert comments and suggestions, they will be finalized and processed to the competent ministries.

Proposals are in line with the provisions of the Children’s Justice Law, international conventions ratified by the Republic of Macedonia, as well as with the conclusions and recommendations of the UN Committees on the progress of the country in protecting children’s prosperity and integrity. “

*ELSPET ERICSSON (deputy representative, UNICEF) – “We are here to support and raise the voice for the necessary legislative changes – to ensure that this dangerous practice that results in harmful consequences is brought to an end. Every child deserves to be a child and every child deserves for us to work to provide them adequate protection and security. “

*SONJA TANEVSKA (Deputy Representative, UNFPA) – “From the direct experience of other EU countries that have worked on the issue of child marriages, we can easily help adjust the existing protocols so that they are incorporated and implemented in our country. Only a complete approach that would cover the fields of health, social affairs, education, justice and the civil sector can give a result. Any response to child marriages should be based on a human rights approach. “

*SLAGJANA MARJANOVIKJ PANOVSKA (Program Coordinator, NDI) – “We support this initiative from the very beginning because we believe that although the proposed legislative changes are not big, they are essential – they directly affect not only the lives of the children, but also their families and society in general. “

*SAMKA IBRAIMOSKI (Minister without portfolio) – “Your presence at this event proves that the organizers managed to sensitize the public well that all citizens, not just the Roma, are facing this phenomenon. As pointed out in the preface to the case study, it is a question related to children who are not mature enough to make decisions independently. Therefore, the state, through legal provisions and actions of the institutions, should protect their rights and best interest.

The proposals are aimed at implementing a non-discriminatory policy, through which all young individuals can fully realize their potentials and capacities in realization of their own and common vision.”

*MILA CAROVSKA (Minister of Labor and Social Policy) – “In the past year, 150-200 marriages were concluded between or with minors. This confirms that what is provided in the law as an exception is in reality a rule. This issue is absolutely not a Roma issue, but concerns everyone, and therefore the distribution of responsibilities between all bodies (social, health, educational and municipal units) is required. In all this approach, I agree most with the proposal to edit or prohibit the extramarital community between and with minors, and the role of the centers for social work needs to be further discussed and defined. “

*OLIVER RISTOVSKI (Deputy Minister of Justice) – “I personally support the proposed amendment and I will commit myself to it. The recommendations have already been taken into consideration by the Ministry of Justice and will be further considered by the working group established to fully review the Criminal Code. In this process, the civil sector will be involved and consulted. “

*ANETA TRPESKA (State Secretary, Ministry of Education and Science) – “A proactive approach is needed in the prevention of the issue of child marriages, with intervention since elementary education. It is necessary to accurately define the situation of the child at risk, as well as educate the teaching staff for its recognition and appropriate monitoring or acting.”

SUGGESTIONS: The attendees pointed out that the announcement of the introduction of a Family Social Worker within the planned amendments to the Law on Social Protection could be applied as a method of dealing with the issue of child marriages, given their foreseen role to coordinate the activities of the local institutions in providing services for families at risk. It was pointed out that it is necessary to check a potential intervention in the Law on Health Protection – healthcare workers can seriously contribute, if their obligations are precisely defined.

CONCLUSION: Child marriages are a social phenomenon that affects the lives of young people. In doing so, a range of violations of rights defined in international and national legislation is being created. Many factors contribute to this: children think that love is the leading force in creating their future, their parents do not know how to deal with this behavior, competent institutions are limited in procedures, uninformed in a timely manner and unreliable of how an to whom to report . The responsibility for this phenomenon is common and we are all obliged to contribute to reducing the number of child marriages. The phenomenon is also seen among boys, but it especially reflects on girls with whom marriages receive a gender dimension. Discussion of Roma associations and Roma communities was initiated because of the fact that among them child marriages are most represented, but not that they are limited to one ethnic group. It is important to create preconditions for normal and humane living for all, regardless of their affiliation, which is why we agree to take the necessary state commitments and institutionalize the phenomenon.

For that purpose, the prepared draft laws for amendments to the Family Law, the Law on Secondary Education and the Criminal Code were reviewed and on the basis of the prominent comments and suggestions will be finalized and then formally taken by the ministries for their further processing before the Parliament.

July 2017

Public discussion “… The Roma want a clean and regulated river too!”



35 people from the Roma Civic Parliament today held a public discussion on the topic “… the Roma want a clean and regulated river too…” and it was realized in the presence of the Minister without Portfolio in the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Samka Ibraimoski. The discussion was attended by representatives of the Prilep local self-government as well as “Habitat Macedonia”.

The public discussion arose after the conducted research and extensive consultation with all relevant parties in the course of 2016, during which the greatest problems faced by the Roma from Prilep settlement “Trizla 2” were identified.