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Post date: 2017, 12 April
Rejoicing news for Roma participation in Portugal came during last week’s events of 5 and 6 April.   The series of encouraging developments began with the ROMED2 National Workshop in Seixal on 5 April, with the participation of municipalities involved in ROMED2 since 2013 but also two new municipalities (Viseu and Agueda) interested in taking on the ROMED2 approach to Roma participation. On the following day, within the International Seminar on Roma Communities organised by the High...
Post date: 2017, 9 March
On 7 March 2017 the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights was visiting Torres Vedras in Portugal, one of the 54 municipalities where ROMED2 is implemented. Learn more about what was done in Torres Vedras here: http://bit.ly/2nhOekE and here: http://bit.ly/2mEvkr8  “It is heartening to see the positive changes brought about by the participation of Roma mediators in local government and the involvement of community groups in decision making to tackle issues such as...
Post date: 2016, 7 December
During the past weeks "Parovel", our short documentary based on the ROMED experiences in Moura, Bucharest, Elvas and Valea Seaca, was accepted in three film festivals in Serbia, Ukraine and Nigeria. FreeNetWorld is an international film festival which aims to support and promote the creativity of film and authors from all over the world, primarily through the Internet. The aim of this festival is to present the important and innovative films of high artistic value from the...
Post date: 2016, 19 April
The ROMED2 Programme was initiated in Portugal in March 2014, after the implementation of ROMED1 where 30 mediators were trained and certified based on the ROMED1 methodology. Out of the 9 municipalities initially selected, 7 function according to the ROMED2 methodology of Democratic governance through community participation: Community Action Groups made up of Roma citizens were created and trained on topics such as "Reflection on Local Decision Making Processes", " Citizens...
Post date: 2015, 20 June
In January 2015, ACM – the High Commissariat for Migration in Portugal published an evaluation report under the title “Roma Municipal Mediator Project – Experimental Project Evaluation Results”. The Municipal Mediator Project (MMP) was launched in 2009 in 15 municipalities with the purpose of “placing Municipal Mediators in municipal council departments or initiatives promoted thereby, as part of an on-the-job training programme”, with the principal objective...
Food collection organised by the CAG and the Philadelphia Evangelical Church. Copyrights: Torres Vedras Municipality
Post date: 2015, 1 June
Last week in Torres Vedras, 430 essential food products were delivered to the Social Center and Parish of Torres Vedras.  This donation comes as a result of the collection made within Roma families, on the initiative of the Community Action Group (CAG) of Torres Vedras, in partnership with the Philadelphia Evangelical Church. The recipient organization was chosen based on the public it targets: children, youth, adults and seniors. Ms Umbelino, Municipal Councillor responsible for social...
Post date: 2015, 8 April
On 8th of April the world celebrates the International Roma Day, and within the ROMED Programme, local authorities, Community Action Groups and the National Support teams are mobilised to make the best of this day. In Portugal, the Community Action Group (CAG) from Elvas is organising a Multicultural Solidarity Festival, to celebrate the International Roma Day. The event will take place on the 11th of April and it will be organised by Silaba Dinamica NGO (an association created by the CAG...
Post date: 2015, 4 February
29/01/2015 Initiated in March 2014, the ROMED2 Programme is implemented in no less than 9 municipalities in Portugal (Abrantes, Barcelos, Beja, Coimbra, Elvas, Figueira da Foz, Moura, Seixal and Torres Vedras). Last week our partner organisation in Portugal, Letras Nomadas, awarded ROMED as the "Programme of the year" within the programme's first national workshop hosted by the Municipality of Torres Vedras. Other prizes were given to members of the Roma community, mediators,...
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