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International seminar on challenges faced by Romani women

16 Jun 2022
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On Tuesday 21 June, an international seminar will be held, entitled "Narratives4Change: Romani women leading the change", on challenges and opportunities of Romani women at Spanish and Euopean level. The activity, organised by the GEDIME research group at the UAB, will be offered online.

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The International Seminar on Narratives4Change: Stories that matter: Roma women leading the change aims to start a dialogue on the current challenges and opportunities for the organisation of Romani women both in Spain and at a European level, mainly in the educational and the health and gender violence sectors. For this reason, the seminar will include the participation of Romani and non-Romani people from the academic, political and civil society sectors, all of whom work at the crossroads of local, regional and European levels in gaining more rights for the Romani community, as well as for other groups in risk of exclusion. The event will take place online on Tuesday 21 June from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and those interested in attending can register at: https://gedime.uab.cat/international-seminar-narratives4change/.

Among the people participating in the seminar will be Nikolay Kutsev, Narratives4Change Project Officer – Research Executive Agency of the European Commission; Teresa Sordé, lecturer of the UAB Department of Sociology; Marshall Ganz, professor of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Oana TABA, Senior Project Officer of the Directorate of Anti-Discrimination - Roma and Travellers Team of the European Council; Ethel Brooks, of the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC); Mensur Haliti of the Open Society Foundation; Abriel Schieffelers of Eurodiaconia; Ramon Flecha, professor in Sociology at the UB; Andrea Khalfaoui, researcher of the University of Deusto and visiting researcher of the University of Edimburg; Carmen Santiago Reyes, president of the Kamira Federation Romani Women Associations; and Manuela Fernández Ruiz, director of the Office of Equal Treatment and Non-Discrimination of the Government of Catalonia.

The event will mark the end of the project Narratives4change. Capitalising Public Narratives in the organising of Grassroots Roma Women (Marie S-Curie Action, H2020, Project Nr. 841335) conducted between 2019 and 2022, and directed by Dr Emilia Aiello of the Harvard Kennedy School (host institution, with Professor Marshall Ganz), and the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (home institution, with Professor Teresa Sordé).

About Dr Emilia Aiello

Dr Emilia Aiello is post-doctoral researcher at the UAB Department of Sociology. From 2019 to 2022, she was Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) of Government (Ash Center) and at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Department of Sociology). Before going to HKS, Dr Aiello earned her BSc in Political Sciences and an MSc in Social and Employment Policies, as well as a PhD in Sociology (2016), all from the UAB. She is also associate researcher of the Group of Ethnic and Migration Studies (GEDIME) at the UAB, and member of the Community of Researchers on Excellence for All (CREA research group). Her research interests are focused on the organisation at base level of more vulnerable social groups with the aim of overcoming inequalities. In addition, her personal and scientific preocupations also focus on discovering manners to maximise the social impact of scientific research, thereby better connecting scientific interests and results with the needs of society.

This study was conducted under the framework of the research project Narratives4change, which received funding from the European Union's research and development programme Horizon 2020 with Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 841355.

Seminar programme


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