JUSTROM a new joint programme of the Council of Europe and the European Commission

Today the Council of Europe Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Roma Issues and the European Commission DG Justice and Consumers launch the Joint Programme on Access of Roma and Traveller Women to Justice (JUSTROM) in Ireland.
headline Strasbourg 14 october 2016
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JUSTROM a new joint programme of the Council of Europe and the European Commission

The launch event, hosted by the Department of Justice and Equality, an associate partner of this programme, will take place at the  Atrium Conference Room of the Department of Justice and Equality, 51 St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2, from 9.30 a.m to 2.15 p.m.

The launching event was attended by the representatives of the European Commission and the Council of Europe, relevant state and local authorities from Dublin and Tallaght, Traveller organisations such as Pavee Point, the Irish Traveller Movement (ITM), the National Traveller Women’s Forum (NTWF), implementers of the Tallaght Roma Integration Project, the Legal Aid Board, the Free Legal Aid Centre (FLAC), the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, numerous solicitors and Roma and Traveller community representatives, in particular women.

The JUSTROM programme is a pilot project that will be implemented by the Council of Europe in Bulgaria, Greece, Ireland, Italy, and Romania for the next 18 months. It aims at increasing Roma and Traveller women’s awareness about their rights and existing complaint mechanisms, establishing two legal clinics in Dublin city centre and Tallaght, supporting Roma and Traveller women’s empowerment and autonomy and reinforcing cooperation between relevant Irish stakeholders, the European Commission and the Council of Europe as regards access to justice for these vulnerable groups.

It is an 850,000 Euros programme co-financed between the European Commission DG Justice (80%) and the Council of Europe (20%). After the launch event, the next activities of the programme will include training on non-discrimination for lawyers and the setting up two legal clinics in Dublin and Tallaght where Roma and Traveller women will be able to seek legal advice and eventually legal assistance for their case.

Other launch events of this pilot joint programme will take place in Rome on 18 October, in Sofia on 8 November, in Bucharest on 10 November and in Athens on 22 November 2016.

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The Council of Europe is currently commissioning an external evaluation of the JUSTROM2 Joint Programme.

The evaluation serves the main purpose of assessing the effectiveness and potential impact of the JUSTROM programme during 16-month implementation period. It will contribute to further improving the orientation and approach of the Council of Europe and the European Commission under the JUSTROM joint programme and possibly beyond on activities related to access to justice.

For further details, please see the Terms of Reference below.

 Tenders must be sent to the Council of Europe in the form of:

  • 1 electronic copy/scanned copy of the required documents (see relevant documents below) to be sent only to the following address Tenders submitted to another e-mail account will be excluded from the procedure.

 Deadline for submission of tenders

  • The deadline for submission of tenders is 17 December 2018 (midnight – GMT+1).
  • Tenders shall be submitted in English.

 Relevant documents:

JUSTROM2 is a joint programme of the Council of Europe and European Commission aiming to improve the access to justice of Roma women in Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Romania.

The programme aims to empower Roma and Traveller women to adequately address discrimination and other human rights violations committed against them, including early/forced marriage, trafficking, domestic violence, housing evictions, police abuse and hate crime by raising their awareness about discrimination, complaint mechanisms, the justice system and human rights institutions. The programme seeks Roma women empowerment inter alia through awareness-raising gatherings and info days, where active citizenship is promoted, and legal advice.

It also aims at strengthening links, exchanges and partnerships with and among actors at different levels, such as local, national, regional and European level. The actors involved include local and central government institutions, lawyers, judges, prosecutors, national human rights institutions, equality bodies, bar associations, legal aid bureaus, National Roma Contact Points (NRCP), CAHROM members, police, mediators and Roma and Traveller NGOs. These will create an inclusive and enabling environment leading to accountability and sustainable change in Roma communities and the wider societies they live in.

In addition, it aims to enhance the capacity of the judiciary, law enforcement in the application of anti-discrimination standards with a focus on multiple discrimination, gender equality and Roma and Traveller women. Not lastly, this programme will further increase the synergy and coherence between the institutional frameworks of the EU and Council of Europe, national Roma integration strategies and civil society initiatives.

Events events

Italy, 4-6 December 2018

  • JUSTROM Monitoring visit in Rome and Naples

BULGARIA, 26-29 November 2018

  • JUSTROM2 Monitoring visits to Sofia, Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo

Bulgaria, 19-21 November 2018

  • JUSTROM2 Training of Trainers for police officers, Sofia

Romania, 5-8 NOvember 2018

  • JUSTROM2 Monitoring visits to Bucharest and Calarasi County

Greece, 23-26 October 2018

  • JUSTROM2 Monitoring visit to Athens and Thessaloniki

STrasbourg, 26-28 september 2018

  • JUSTROM2 Training of Trainers for judges and prosecutors from Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Romania