Why www.ternibori.org? Terni bori means young bride in romanì language. Marry When You Are Ready is a European project that works on the theme of early marriage of Roma girls. Underage marriage is a form of violence that translates in: no school, no job, health risks, poverty. It is important that institutions and civil society recognize that this is a transversal priority in National Strategies for Roma Integration.
Partners are Roma women community organizations that strive to induce a cultural change in Roma families, working for equal opportunities and women empowerment, through community work, promotion of education and social theatre.
On Tuesday 11 April, at MAI – Maison des Association Internationales, partners of the Marry When You Are Ready project presented experiences from community work and debated recommendations to contrast the phenomenon of early marriage in Roma communities in Europe.
Contributions and materials of MWYAR Country Coordinators can be downloaded from the website:
Romania – Forum of Roma Women of Romania, Coordinator Oana Ionita
Austria – Association Papusza, Coordinator Sonja Barbul
Bulgaria – Association LIDER, Coordinator Miglena Mihailova
Croatia – Association Romsko Srce, Coordinator Dragana Durdevic
Italia – Association Romni Onlus and Cooperative Romano Drom, Coordinator Saska Jovanovic – SOME REMARKS FROM ITALIAN SURVEY Alfredo Alietti
Anne Van Nistelrooij, European Commission DG Justice Policy Officer, Irene Rosales of European Women’s Lobby contributed important perspectives and suggestions for future actions, Gordana Herold of Romane Romnja, Germany and Indira Bajramović, Better Future, Bosnia and Herzegovina .
On Tuesday 11 April 2017 from 9:30 to 12:30 at MAI – Maison des Association Internationales the project partners of the Marry When You Are Ready project present the “Red Notebook: Practical and Policy Recommendations to Prevent and Counter Early Marriage in Roma Communities in Europe”. Institutional and civil society actors are kindly invited to learn about our experiences of community work in Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Austria directly from the protagonists and from the documentary films produced by the project. In the forward looking panel, guest speakers Anne Van Nistelrooij, European Commission DG Justice Policy Officer and Irene Rosales of the European Women’s Lobby will offer complementary insights to the debate with Roma women activists and community workers on how we can all contribute to envisioning the post-2020 strategy for the integration of European citizens of Roma culture. The meeting will be followed by the Şi eu m-am nascut in România popular TV program. See the program of this second session of the Marry When You Are Ready project European conference and confirm participation to firstname.lastname@example.org
National conferences of the project will follow in May.
On Monday April 10 MEP Maria Noichl and MEP Soraya Post co-host in the European Parliament a debate between Roma women activists and community workers engaged in the Marry When You Are Ready project under the title Community work and policy making: same objectives, different tools. Who needs what to make the change possible?
Priorities for community work as the essential operational strategy the project proposes for the post-2020 strategy for the integration of Roma will be presented by MWYAR Country Coordinators Miglena Mihaylova (Bulgaria), Oana Ionita (Romania), Dragana Đurđević (Croatia), Sonja Barbul (Austria), Saška Jovanović (Italy).
Roma women activists engaged with the project Indira Bajramović (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Gordana Herold (Germany), Ema Zita Moldovan (Romania) and Sara Cetty (Italy) will contribute testimonies and Lavinia Banu, European Commission DG Justice Policy Officer, will present the institutional policy framework in order to stimulate the interest of the European Parliament Members.
This is the first occasion in which the project partners will present the “Red Notebook” Marry When You Are Ready project Practical and Policy Recommendations to Prevent and Counter Early Marriage in Roma Communities in Europe – in the highest level political home of the European peoples.