8 April: International Roma Day – Improving the lives of older Roma

ERIO and Age Platform Europe jointly publish press release raising the issue of the urgent need to tackle multiple discrimination against older Roma.

8 April is the International Roma Day.

As 2012 is the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, the European Roma Information Office and AGE Platform Europe have jointly published a press release expressing the belief that “this year the International Roma Day is a unique opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges and obstacles that older Roma face daily across the EU.”

The two organisations state that “at the European Parliament Hearing, Unblocking the Anti-Discrimination Directive, organised by the LIBE group on 22 March 2012, the intersection of age with other grounds of discrimination such as Roma was highlighted by both the European Commission and EQUINET. Older Roma are one of the groups most heavily subject to multiple discrimination since they face even more discrimination than other Roma age groups or older people generally in accessing basic essential services, social security provisions and employment. As such, they have even greater difficulty than most Roma and older people in realising their fundamental rights as EU citizens“.

To read their full press release, please click here.

To read more about Equinet’s work on tackling age discrimination, you can download or order free copies of Equinet’s perspective on Tackling Ageism and Discrimination, which was released in support of the 2012 European year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations.

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