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Social media is alive with Romani women

posted Nov 8, 2013 by Catapult Intern

Progress

We have successfully implemented the Hungarian part of the BUVERO Citizen Journalism Training in Dunabogdány from July the 17 – 31 of July. From September 10-25, 10 – 25, the Serbian BUVERO camp is being implemented in Belgrade. All in all, 36 Romani women had the chance to participate in the BUVERO trainings, 12 Hungarians, seven7 Germans, five5 Romanians, and 12 women from Serbia.

We have been doing extensive mediatization throughout the implementation of the BUVERO trainings via our social media platforms where we posted the latest news, videos, articles about the camps, especially the BUVERO Facebook page, which has more than 8,000 followers, and the website for our I’m a Roma Woman campaign, which had 70 000 visitors in July. We also had several media appearances in the online press (on popular Hungarian and German online news platforms like nol, index, taz.de) and on the television channel ATV.

Risks and challenges

No risks or challenges to report.

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Inspired by our project plans, but independently from our implementation, a German BUVERO camp was organized by the Roma Center Göttingen (RCG) in Berlin from Aug. the 10th till theto 25th of August.

Next steps

The activity of the camp participants did not stop with the end of the training. The participants are continuously given tasks, with the coaching and guidance of the tutors. We also follow up with peer-to-peer education. Furthermore, there is a quite active online network functioning and creating new content week by week.

Budget

Your funds contributed to the realization of three media camps in three different countries, and to strengthen the afterlife and the network created in the BUVERO camp by organizing a follow up event in November.

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“Holding the camera was like holding the future in my hands…” - GlobalGirl Media participant

Fighting stigma and transforming the image of Romani girls in Europe

Why we care: Roma girls grow up in ghettos throughout Europe surrounded by poverty and violence – stripped of their rights and dignity just because they are Roma.  

How we're solving this: By providing Roma girls with media tools to tell their stories and be the voices for their community.

At 12 million, Roma are the largest and the most discriminated minority in Europe. Wherever they live, exclusion is a daily reality for Roma. Roma women carry a double burden of stigma and violence because of their ethnicity and their gender. While educational levels and employment rates are extremely low among Roma, Roma women have higher school dropout rates and earn less than men.

Widespread violence against women is considered acceptable, preventing women from going to school, working, or seeing a doctor. Most Roma youth grow up in poverty in isolated ghettos and attend segregated schools. In this environment, Roma girls have few opportunities for breaking out of the cycle of prejudice, poverty and violence.

The Romedia Foundation is building a movement using the power of media to fundamentally change the image of Romani women in European public consciousness. The Buvero project of Romedia Foundation believes Roma girls have a lot to say about their communities, passions, struggles, and dreams. That is why it will give 36 Roma girls the tools to tell their stories through blogs, websites, and TV broadcasts. By training girls in social media, filming and editing, journalism and storytelling, and connecting them to supportive media mentors, Roma girls will be the powerful voices for the future of their communities.

BUVERO has big plans for its trainings in three countries in Europe:

  • Intensive media workshops and video production training over 5 weeks
  • 72 blogs and 16 web videos produced by 36 girls
  • Regional, national, and global visibility for the girls’ stories through partnerships with media centers, news broadcasters, and the GlobalGirl Media Initiative
  • Mentoring and practical production skills in collaboration with women media professionals

Locations of trainings:

  • Budapest and Szendrőlád - Hungary
  • Belgrade and Valjevo - Serbia
  • Skopje and Kumanovo - Macedonia

The Buvero project will partner with the U.S.- based GlobalGirl Media Initiative, which has successfully completed similar programs in the United States, South Africa, and Morocco. This is how we invest in the next generation so that they are ready to lead.

  • $25 will support one training in one city for 12 girls for one day
  • $75 will support the training of 36 girls in 3 countries for one day
  • $187.50 provides a five-week training for one girl in one city

 

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