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GRITIM-UPF receives EU funding for the project AGREP to advance research on discrimination of Roma people and combat anti-gypsysim in Barcelona

GRITIM-UPF receives EU funding for the project AGREP to advance research on discrimination of Roma people and combat anti-gypsysim in Barcelona

18.12.2019

 

About the project: The AGREP project, which partly builds on findings from the Vakeripen project, aims to strengthen the fight against antigypsyism and the multiple forms of discrimination against Roma people in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, which collide with the explicit intercultural policy focus of the local and regional political administrations. Discrimination of the Roma communities is widespread in Barcelona as elsewhere in Spain, though seriously underreported, and current policies and measures are clearly insufficient to effectively combat discriminatory practices that hamper the opportunities of Roma people to, for instance, access employment or housing, fulfil educational projects, or even avoid being harassed and insulted in public spaces. The project teams consists of a collaborative network composed by GRITIM-UPF, the Catalan Federation of Roma Associations FAGIC, and the Barcelona City Council’s Office for Non-discrimination (OND). The project aims to on the one hand map and document the extent and character of discrimination against the Roma people in a wide range of situations, and on the other hand establish structures to efficiently prevent, report and combat discrimination through training and tools. The project will be implemented in 10 neighbourhoods of Barcelona with high proportions of Roma population, through developing a structure where local Roma activists will be trained in anti-discrimination and provided with a software tool (an easy-to-use app) to effectively report discrimination to the Office for Non-discrimination. In addition, training will also be provided to key actors within Catalan institutions such as the education system, the social services and the police force, who should function as “anti-discrimination agents” in order to create awareness and prevent discrimination within these institutions.

Financing: This Project is funded by the European Commission’s REC (Rights, Equality and Citizenship) Program.

Grant Agreement Number: 881875

Project Period: 1 April 2020 - 31 March 2022

Partner Institutions: 

  • FAGiC (Federation of Roma Associations in Catalonia)
  • The Barcelona City Council’s Office for Non-Discrimination. 

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