JUSTROM2 is a continuation of JUSTROM, a Council of Europe and the European Commission joint programme aims to improve the access to justice of Roma and Traveller women. The project runs from April 2018 to March 2019

 

The specific objectives are:
  • to facilitate access to court and court proceedings at national and international level, including when on probation or while in prison
  • provide legal advice, aid and/or representation through setting up legal clinics
  • enhance the capacities of legal professionals, law enforcement bodies to adequately respond to Roma and Traveller women’s needs through training on non-discrimination and gender equality
  • strengthen partnerships with national state institutions, local authorities, human rights institutions, legal aid bureaus, bar associations, NGOs and Roma and Traveller communities
  • improve synergy and co-operation between the Council of Europe and the European Commission on improving the situation of Roma and Travellers with a focus on the particular situation of women.

 

Project activities
  • 4 national launch events took place between May and June 2018 with relevant stakeholders to present the project activities and objectives;
  • legal clinics were established through by associate partnerships in Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria); Athens, Thessaloniki and Xanthi (Greece); Naples and Rome (Italy); and Bucharest and Calarasi County (Romania);
  • national teams were select with the following format: 1 national coordinator per country and 1 or 2 mediators/facilitators, 1 legal assistant and 1 lawyers per legal clinic;
  • awareness-raising gatherings with Roma women and other vulnerable groups are organised in the target localities. Each gathering is designed to inform beneficiaries on a particular topic and to discuss issues related to it, such as domestic violence, human trafficking, secon chance schools, etc.;
  • Info days with the municipalities are organised to provide a platform for exchanges among the Roma communities and municipalities;
  • legal information, advice and counsel was provided by the JUSTROM national teams in the local legal clinic to everyone who requested from the target communities;
  • 3 training of trainers for police officers on non-discrimination, gender and Roma. The first one took place in Romania in June 2018; the second one, in Bulgaria in November 2018; and the third one will take place in Greece in early 2019. The ToTs in Romania was an additional contribution to the programme by the CoE (CoE own budget);
  • a training of trainers for judges and prosecutors took place in Strasbourg, France, in September 2018;
  • monitoring missions to all the implementing countries took place between late October to early December 2018;
  • literacy classes for Roma women are taking place in Naples, Italy, and Thessaloniki, Greece;
  • 4 seminars with lawyers per country to sensitise them on non-discrimination, gender equality and Roma issues;
  • Sessions on JUSTROM are being held in universities;
  • a study visit from Equality bodies and National Human Rights institutions from the implementing countries will take place in early 2019;
  • training of lawyers of the legal aid bureau in Bulgaria and Romania, lawyers of the bar associations in Greece, and lawyers of the bar councils in Italy will take place in early 2019;
  • Workshops for the Ombudsoffice staff and the National Human Rights Institution in Romania are foreseen in early 2019;
  • 2 country exchanges on best practices in Greece and Romania;
  • printing of brochures with information on the project and services, and other visibility material;
  • info graphics with project indicators will be produced at the end of the project;
  • an end-of-project external evaluation is envisaged in January-March 2019.
Project Manager Project Manager
  • Ms Michèle BERGDOLL
Project Officer Project Officer
  • Ms Sandra VELOY MATEU
Project Assistant Project Assistant
  • Ms Aida-Diana FARKAS