RОMA-SOS-BANER-ANG_01In order to influence the party’s electoral agendas in the wake of the local elections and to prioritize the needs of the Roma communities, association ROMA S.O.S. with the support of the National Democratic Institute in the period July-November, 2016, realized 8 public tribunes (Prilep, Bitola, Shtip, Kochani, Veles, Karposh, Tetovo and Kavadarci) for scanning the real problems of the community.

In summary, the conclusions from the tribunes were presented in Municipal profiles, followed by the realization of public gatherings for their presentation to the political parties, LSGUs and the enterprises / institutions competent for resolving the key priorities:

⇒ 19.04.2017 – Shtip, with assistance of Erol Ademov – It is alarming that for 5 years about 50 Roma families are homeless or live in various abandoned and ruined buildings. The way to solve their housing status is not yet defined. Also, about 50 children are outside the educational process, and some of them still beg on the streets“.

TV report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uNNA5kicyU

⇒ 19.04.2017 – Kochani, with assistance od Jalchn Nedjipov – „For 20 years, about 26 Roma families live in the old and ruined barracks. The way to solve their housing status is not yet defined. The Roma settlement is not urbanized, there are unpaved streets and problems with the legalization of homes“.

TV report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=749t0nbQUBo

 21.04.2017 – Tetovo, with assistance of Akif Kariman – „Persons without citizenship and personal documents, unpaved roads without set up atmospheric and sewage network, unemployed young educated personnel – are the three key obstacles for the Roma to integrate and feel equal with the rest of the population. For the past several years, these obstacles have been actualized before local decision makers, but have not yet been resolved“.

TV report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2fosNKDf3k

 27.04.2017 – Karposh, with assistance of Ljatifa Shikovska – „The combined competencies of the Municipality of Karposh and the City of Skopje are an obstacle in defining potential solutions for the Roma from UC Zlokukjani. However, the families from ‘Zelenpojas’ have a special need for support in access to: electricity, water, personal documents, employment, education and housing“.

 11.05.2017, Prilep – „A common commitment is needed to enable: better general picture of the city, better health for the population, ecological and safer environment FOR ALL CITIZENS“.

Read more about the event: http://romasosprilep.org/domuvanjeto-na-romite-vo-prilep/

 12.05.2017 – Bitolawith assistance of Ramdan Rustemov – „Roma asked why the local government, enterprises and institutions have been ignoring their needs for generations and decades?

The unurbanized settlement, lack of access to electricity and water supply network, illegal landfills (especially for ‘Petocnavoda’), as well as segregation in the elementary school “Gjorgji Sugarev” – were the key issues that were discussed.

The members of the informal group of local leaders named “Roma Civic Parliament” have shown and proved that they are united and in a common position – they are here to contribute to improving the situation of Roma, but also to demand responsibility from the competent“.

TV report: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z3vVqhhKxs

The ultimate goal of this campaign is to include Roma demands in the programs of political parties and future local authorities that will be subject to their work and acting in the new mandate.


*Read more about the content of Municipal profiles from the 8 municipalities: http://romasosprilep.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Javna-kampanja-vo-8-opstini-WEB.pdf