Facilitators working within the joint EU/Council of Europe JUSTROM3 programme have identified a number of 37 Roma women to be trained and mentored to become community leaders and take initiative to represent their communities. The Roma women were trained on topics such as basic principles of human rights, provision of legal aid, family law issues, children’s rights and statelessness, social and health rights, and others. They also benefited from mentoring sessions on opportunities in education and employment, on how to set up an NGO, on vocational guidance, on the Roma women participation in decision making, etc.
Following the JUSTROM3 mentoring programme, the Roma women leaders will organise a total of 239 outreach activities in various settings, including schools and their communities. The activities will vary in nature and be a first important step for the Roma women community leaders to put into practice the skills learned during the mentoring sessions.