News Archive 2021

Workshop and iftar with women of the RE population in Podgorica

10. 05.2021

A workshop on topic of human rights, with a focus on women’s rights, has gathered 19 participants of the Roma-Egyptian (RE) population from the settlement of Konik in Podgorica on Friday May 7, 2021 and on Saturday evening May 8, 2021 for iftar (ftoor).

Roma and Egyptian women, in addition to learning of women’s rights, had the opportunity to say what are the most common problems and obstacles they face in everyday life – and further aggravated in the past year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As well as the general RE population in Montenegro, both Roma and Egyptian women are part of the most vulnerable category of Montenegrin citizens, due to discrimination and poor socio-economic status. They face obstacles at every step, both when trying to exercise basic rights and within the community itself. The reasons for this are numerous.

In addition to the discussion on the topic of protection of women’s rights which was led by Marijana Blečić, the participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the procedure of enrolling children in the kindergarten “Vrela Ribnička” within the Public Educational Institution “Đina Vrbica”. The workshop was also attended by educator Milica Otašević, who pointed out the importance of early education. Hygiene packages were distributed to the participants after the workshop.

For the participants of the workshop we prepared a joint iftar (ftoor) the next day, p, as Ramadan fasting ended with Eid, this year on Thursday, May 13.

The workshop and iftar (ftoor) for Roma-Egyptian women are part of the activities we are implementing within the project “Civil society in action promoting and protecting Roma and Egyptian rights in Montenegro” funded by the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).

The project is being implemented by Help and the partner Roma youth organization “Walk with us Phiren-Amenca”.

The atmosphere from the workshop on Friday can be seen below:

Help’s instructor  Marijana Blečić hosted the iftar (ftoor) for women from the RE population on Saturday night:


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