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Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) publishes the English version of its summary annual report 2016.

14/08/2017
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FSG contributes to improve the lives of more than 30,000 people in 2016
  • Combating inequality and social exclusion of Roma and guaranteeing their right to non-discrimination are at the core of the actions of the 54 offices that FSG has across 14 Autonomous Regions in Spain. In 2016, 31,847 persons participated in one of more of the 491 programmes organised by FSG (training and employment, education, housing, fight against discrimination, amongst others).
  • One of the highlights of 2016 was our new programme, Calí, to advance Roma women´s equality.

Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) publishes the English version of its summary annual report 2016. The full version of the report is available here (only in Spanish).

Combating inequality and social exclusion of Roma and guaranteeing their right to non-discrimination are at the core of the actions of the 54 offices that FSG has across 14 Autonomous Regions in Spain. In 2016, 31,847 persons participated in one of more of the 491 programmes organised by FSG (training and employment, education, housing, fight against discrimination, amongst others).

One of the highlights of 2016 was our new programme, Calí, to advance Roma women´s equality.

"In 2016 we continued to show that programmes tailored to people´s needs in key areas, such as employment, education or housing, are a social investment that pay off and improve the lives of many Roma families." said Isidro Rodríguez, Director General of the FSG

 

Employment

-Acceder is a very effective employment and training programme which in 2016 was consolidated as the most effective European initiative, achieving the greatest impact on social and labour inclusion of Roma people. Only in 2016, Acceder reached 18,083 beneficiaries of which 3,743 found a job. FSG collaborated with 1,361 companies and organised 931 trainings in which 5,201 persons took part.  

-Learning by Doing offers a dual training (theoretical and practical, including work-based training) with frontline companies as a way to combat unemployment of the most excluded young Roma. In 2016, the programme reached an employment rate of 39%, meaning 124 young Roma found a job, which resulted in a significant improvement of their living conditions and those of their families.

 

Education

FSG works from the conviction that education will change the future of young Roma.

64% of Roma students do not complete compulsory secondary education (age 12-16), compared to 13% of the general population. The Promociona Programme is proof that these high rates of early school leavers amongst Roma can be effectively tackled through the appropriate tools. This Programme has helped an increasing number of young Roma to finish secondary school and continue on to higher education. The pillar of Promociona is a personalised education guidance for the pupil and his/ her family, in conjunction with schools. In 2016, 1,292 pupils took part in the programme. 80% graduated from secondary school.  87% continued to post-compulsory education.

Scholarships: In 2016, we supported access to and continuation of studies for 283 Roma pupils studying the baccalaureate, intermediate and upper vocational training and university studies. In 2016, we also launched the FSG-Luis Sáez Schoolarships, 4 Grants that aim to increase the presence of female Roma students in higher education where they are still underrepresented.

 

Social Inclusion: Breaking the cycle of poverty

In 2016, we continued to work with those who are at severe risk of poverty and social exclusion. FSG offered services to help meet the basic social needs of those who are most disadvantaged and who are often denied their fundamental rights. We took care of the basic needs of 2,570 children and their families in an attempt to combat child poverty.

In 2016, FSG accompanied and offered guidance to 256 families accessing housing. FSG also published a "Study-Map on housing and the Roma population" commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality.

 

Promoting Equality and defending victims of discrimination  

FSG provided support and advice to 380 victims of hate crime and discrimination and took 2 anti-gypsysm cases of strategic relevance to court.

We published the XI Annual Report on Discrimination and the Roma Community (which describes 154 cases of discrimination against Roma recorded by FSG in 2015) and continued to coordinate the Victims of Racial or Ethnic Discrimination Support Service  (that brings together 8 national organisations). FSG trained 2,000 key agents (police, legal professionals, journalists etc.).

In order to respond to Roma women´s multiple discrimination, FSG launched the Calí Programme, which aims at advancing Roma women´s rights by developing individualised social and labour inclusion pathways tailored to their specific needs, that seek to empower them to play an active part in society, and by informing them and advising them on their rights. 1.373 Roma women have participated in this programme.

 

International

In 2016 FSG was involved in organising the 1st Roma week in the European Parliament. We continued to coordinate the EURoma Network which brings together 15 countries and aims to achieve a more effective use of the ESI Funds for Roma inclusion and we are also members of 2 European Commission consultation bodies. 

 

Awareness-Raising Campaigns

FSG launched two successful campaigns: #Themostpainfultattoo, which shines a light on the social rejection suffered by thousands of Roma people, and #TrashTVisnotreality, which condemns the image of the Roma community on reality TV programmes. We also launched a second cycle of the “Payo Today 2016”, a humorous newspaper that aims to make journalists aware of the stereotypical and prejudicial representations of Roma people in the media. 
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