The project “Amaro Magipe: Actions for the Empowerment of Roma Women and Young People” started in May 2023 and is implemented by SolidarityNow in collaboration with the Lighthouse of the World and the Cultural Association of Roma Women who live in Drosero Xanthi “Elpida”.
The Action aims at the empowerment and participation of Roma women and young people in actions and trainings aimed at socialization, skill development, information, violence prevention, psychosocial support and empowerment in general. In particular, the youth group aims to identify mentors who will work in their communities highlighting and solving chronic problems plaguing the Roma. The areas of activity of the program are Pelekas of Katerinis, the Municipality of Pavlou Melas, Dendropotamos and Drosero of Xanthi.
During the Action, events and information meetings will be held with institutions, schools, universities, NGOs and non-Roma population, to disseminate the results and remove stereotypes that will help the contact and cooperation of the populations in the communities and the smooth inclusion in the social web.
A few words about our partners:
The Cultural and Educational Association of Roma Women of Drosero Xanthi “ELPIDA” is a Non-Governmental Organization founded in June 2006, by the initiative of 20 Roma women. The desire and need of these women was to create an institution through which they could express themselves collectively as Roma women, with rights and obligations within Greek society. https://drosero.eu/
SolidarityNow (SN) is a non-profit Association founded in 2013 to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in our society, without discrimination. The implemented projects aim to bring different groups of people together to address common challenges. https://www.solidaritynow.org/
The Action entitled “Amaro Magipé: Actions for the Empowerment of Roma Women and Youth” implemented within the framework of the Small Grant Project 1 “Empowerment of Roma Women and Youth” of the Program “Social Inclusion and Empowerment of the Roma” benefits from a grant of the amount €199,909.69 from the EEA Grants (Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2014-2021), which represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.
The three donor countries work closely with the EU under the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement. Donor countries have provided 3.3 billion euros through successive grant programs between the years 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, the EEAS has allocated a total of 2.8 billion euros, of which 116.7 million have been allocated to Greece through of the international Protocol 38c (Protocol 38c). The priorities for this period are as follows:
- Innovation, research, education and competitveness
- Social incusion, youth unemployment and poverty reduction
- Environment, energy, climate change and the low carbon economy
- Culture, civil society, good governance and fundamental rights
- Justice and Home affairs
EEA Grants are jointly funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, whose contributions are based on their GDP.
The eligibility provided for in the grants reflects the criteria set for the EU Cohesion Fund and is aimed at member countries whose gross national income (GNI) per capita is less than 90% of the EU average.