by Phiren Amenca volunteer Alexandra Bahor
Phiren Amenca, Ternype and Ergo Network participated in the European Youth Event 2014 from May 9 until May 11 in Strasbourg. We were twenty young Roma and non-Roma who had the same goal. We wanted to show that we are part of Europe and that we need to raise our voice for Roma.
We presented an info booth in “Yo village” in front of European Parliament. This was a unique occasion to meet with people from all over Europe, to share ideas and learn from each other through their experiences. We also took the opportunity to spread Phiren Amenca values and to attract the interest of more people in Roma issues. The main action from our stand was the WALL FREE EUROPE.
We invite you to see our photo action and to stand together for Roma dignity at http://phirenamenca-eye2014.tumblr.com!
Our group made a WALL FREE EUROPE flashmob in the EYE 2014 where the main aim was to highlight the rise of far-right parties prior to the EU Elections and to raise-awareness on the new walls that have been built in Europe to segregate Roma citizens from their non-Roma neighbours. Moreover, the youngsters invited the young Europeans at the European Youth Event to take a pro-active role in the up-coming EU elections.
Another activity was a workshop in the European Parliament . It was an interactive workshop focused on youth unemployment. The workshop “Employment4you” aimed to raise awareness about Roma youth unemployment.
Phiren Amenca’s participation in European Youth Event 2014 showed that young Roma are visible in Europe and that they can be a positive model.