This project has been strongly requested by the Roma women activists of partners’ organisations. We are acutely aware that early marriage of Roma girls is deeply rooted in the patriarchal culture. This breach of the rights of children and violation of self-determination generates long term impacts. To change it, it is necessary to induce a cultural change in Roma communities themselves. The difficulty of this work matches only its importance.
All community work is done by Roma women and men mediators. It is based on an empathic approach, based on the intimate knowledge and respect of communities’ mores and traditions. It means planting the seed of change from the inside. It is based on dialogue. Consequences and risks for girls that arise from an early marriage will be discussed; health problems, drop out from school, failed job placement, physical violence and psychological submission. Our aim is to induce realising long term negative impacts that early marriage produces, consolidating poverty and segregation.
On the dedicated pages of project countries, you can find information about project’s community work in
On this page, we will share highlights from our community work that has started in April 2016.