Phiren Amenca

Demystifying Roma: Challenging Stereotypes and Narratives about Roma

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The “Demystifying Roma: Challenging Stereotypes and Narratives about Roma” – Phiren Amenca Volunteer Seminar ran from May 12-19, 2013 in Florence, Italy. 40 Roma and non-Roma volunteers, volunteer candidates and youth leaders came together to challenge stereotypes and antigypsyism and engaging in a public campaign for Roma rights with creative street actions.

The seminar strengthened the development of critical thinking of participants regarding antigypsyism and the situation of Roma in Europe, specifically in Italy by the visiting the “Campi Nomadi” and participating in the Civil Society festival “Terra Futura” in Florence.

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On May 18, 2013, within the program of the festival, CSD Diaconia Valdese organised (in cooperation with Phiren Amenca and Romá Onlus) a conference entitled “Volunteering for Change” where the theme was the international volunteering as a means of inclusion and social change.

After the meeting, at least 60 volunteers had a big public action on the festival site promoting international volunteering with particular attention to the “Equal opportunities for the Roma community”. In the afternoon the flashmob was presented outside, in the middle of Piazza della Signoria, Florence reaching hundreds of people.

For further information, see the Seminar Outline – Demystifying Roma


Presented in co-operation with Romà Onlus and CSD Diaconia Valdese. This activity was funded by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.


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