In summer 2011, the Open Society Foundations launched Barvalipe, the first-ever Roma Pride Summer Camp. For ten days in Budapest, 28 young Roma came together to learn about their culture, history, and achievements, in the hopes of encouraging a sense of civic duty and social responsibility. Participants studied the basics of Romani language and history, took part in debates, heard from prominent Roma, and learned about the history of Roma during the Holocaust through a one-day study trip to Auschwitz where some 20,000 Roma died at the hands of the Nazis.
This video features images and excerpts from interviews with camp participants.
Barvalipe: Building Roma Pride Violeta Naydenova September 28, 2011 BLOG For ten days this past August in Budapest, young Roma came together to learn about their culture, history, and achievements, and ultimately to build a sense of civic duty and social responsibility.
Finding My True Identity Ivan Dimitrov January 5, 2012 BLOG Growing up, I was never sure of my identity. As the adopted son of ethnically Bulgarian parents, I was afraid of what others might think if I told them I was Roma. Attending Barvalipe helped me understand who I was.
Breakfast on the Bus Jack Greenberg and Gwendolyn Albert December 5, 2011 BLOG Ending the segregation of Roma children into separate and unequal schools sometimes requires a fleet of buses.
Julek's Story: Still Waiting for an End to Czech Roma Segregation Tracey Gurd November 23, 2011 BLOG Julek was one of 18 children who took the Czech government to the European Court of Human Rights in 1999, challenging the practice of placing disproportionate numbers of Romani children into segregated schools. Twelve years and a landmark legal victory later, he is still waiting for things to change.
VC v Slovakia: A Step Toward Justice for Roma Women Christina Zampas November 18, 2011 BLOG Advocates scored a major legal victory when the European Court of Human Rights ruled that forced sterilization is a violation of the right to be free from torture or inhuman and degrading treatment. This groundbreaking judgment is a step forward for efforts to bring justice to the potentially thousands of Roma women who were sterilized without their consent in Central and Eastern Europe.
Deadline Extended: Chachipe Map Photo Contest Deadline: January 15, 2012 Chachipe Map seeks nonstereotypical photographs that show Roma and non-Roma living together, and that approach topics in an open manner and even employ radically new perspectives. Please note that the entry deadline has been extended to January 15, 2012.