When it comes to Roma issues, the gender dimension has long been neglected. However, women have an essential role in Roma society and ensuring their participation is a key element in improving their situation. Romani women across Europe often face discrimination on multiple fronts: racism for being Roma, as well as gender discrimination.
It is not possible to speak about the inclusion of Roma if half of their community has little or no opportunity to express their needs and make their voice heard. Roma inclusion policy needs Roma women activists and advocates. The gender dimension can also play an important role in the success of National Roma Integration Strategies (NRISs).
"Our fact-finding mission in Tibet: first conclusions and main points for the Committee's incoming Report" On the 9th of September, a Delegation of the European Economic and Social Council left to China for a fact-finding mission to Tibet, at the invitation of the Chinese Economic and Social Council. As representatives of European civil society, as well as EU consultative body working for the economic and social development, the EESC Delegation had the mission to analyse the economic and social situation in Tibet. It also explored all possible fields of cooperation and dialogue which could be developed, especially in the areas of education, access to employment, healthcare, gender equality, with the Tibetan civil society.