75 years of memory - Roma and non-Roma act against forgetting

Programme CITIZ – Europe for Citizens

Action REMEM – REM – Strand 1: European remembrance

Proposal Call for Proposal 2019 – EACEA-51-2018

Application No 609055-CITIZ-1-2019-1-RO-CITIZ-REMEM

Project duration: 01.09.2019 – 30.03.2021

Project description:

This project aims to raise a strong awareness on Porrajmos concentrating on the events taken place in the Balkans, Hungary and Transnistria before,during,after WWII, in order to preserve the memory of the Roma and Sinti victims of Nazism. As our European values and integration are fundamentally built on our historical experience and memory, we need to shed light on the forgotten Roma genocide, the over 500.000 victims, and the continuation of social exclusion, Antigypsyism and hate speech as a consequence of the ignorance and lack of recognition of the Roma Genocide.

This project builds the capacity of educators, citizens and a wide network of civil society organizations to lead educational and citizens’ initiatives for remembrance and education on local, national and European level. It reveals under-researched areas of Roma Holocaust to the wider public, it stimulates debates about our culture of remembrance by and with Roma communities with a focus on the role of young people now and in the future to preserve our European memory.

This project aims to engage Roma minority, non-Roma and youth organizations in an education and awareness-raising campaign, and to advocate the recognition of the Roma Genocide through August 2nd as an official day of remembrance on European level. The citizens and NGOs engage into the current policy-making process for the recognition of the Roma genocide on European and national level. This project brings over 3400 citizens together, as well as survivors, eye witnesses, experts and different generations in various international meetings and conferences. Through local actions and on-line campaigning, we target directly 3400 citizens, and envisage reach out indirectly and multiply up to 100.000 through media tools.

As a result we will produce a Manual for workshops on the Roma Genocide in a political frame including guidelines for advocacy, highlight the main events and update researches, use social media tools to document our actions