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8th April- International Roma Day. A day for celebration, recognition and vindication

The 8th of April is the time to commemorate the International Roma Day. This date recalls the Roma congress celebrated on this same day in London in 1971, where the Roma flag was flown and the anthem played for the very first time.


8th April- International Roma Day. A day for celebration, recognition and vindication<br>Over the last years, the '8th of April ' is gaining notoriety, serving as occasion  for different celebrations and communications from multiple national and European institutions.
It is also a date for recognition, for remembering the history of the Roma people, their long and painful pilgrimage marked by expulsions down through the centuries; a date to remember the victims of the Nazi genocide and of so many persecutions throughout history.

This year, organizations forming part in the State Council of the Roma People have developed an awareness raising campaign regarding one of the definitions the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language (RAE) gives for the term gitano (Roma in Spanish), “swindler”, thus associating the term with scamming and cheating.


This year 2015, the entities of the State Council of the Roma have conducted an awareness action focused on the definition of "Roma" in the new edition (23rd) of the Dictionary of the Spanish Language with the slogan "A discriminatory definition generates discrimination ". From several years ago, NGOs and institutions such as the Ombudsman we have been calling the Royal Spanish Academy to revise the definitions of Roma in the Dictionary of the Spanish Language, as for example, in the previous edition (22º) at 4th meaning read as follows: "That scam or work with deception." In late 2014, the Academy published a new edition of the Dictionary and replaced with a new one that meaning: 5th swindler, meaning "with cunning, deceit and lies trying to trick someone into a business."
The campaign slogan "A discriminatory definition generates discrimination" explains the importance of language to build a social image of the Roma community away from stereotypes.
The centerpiece of the campaign is a spot for 2 min. starring some Roma children, and his reaction surprised to find that the dictionary meaning given to the term gypsy. In addition to the spot, was edited posters, badges, flyers and bookmarks.
You can find below the link to a spot featured by Roma children, as well as to the press release issued by the State Council of the Roma People and to other news related to the 8th April

#YoNoSoyTrapacera (#IamnotaSwindler) Campaign
#YoNoSoyTrapacera (#IamnotaSwindler) Campaign


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