24 Nov Roma and health inequities
On November 24th 2020, we hosted a discussion event with Anna Daróczi of Phiren Amenca and Young European of the Year Maria Atanasova, focusing on Roma youth health inequities.
We tackled the wider conversation about social determinants of health, and how health issues are often a manifestation of societal and structural disadvantages that affect individuals’ and population quality of life. We explored the link between discrimination and the barriers to health faced by Roma populations and specific strategies to ensure equitable access for Roma, and reflected on how youth activism can play a part in reducing stigmatisation and discrimination and achieving greater inclusion of young Roma.
You will be able to watch the recording of the event here once available.
In preparation for the event, our panellists and moderators gathered some resources that may be relevant for those wanting to familiarise themselves with the topic. We hope you will find these useful!
Roma Water Access/Housing Rights:
Maternity Wards discrimination, forced sterilization: Impacts the emotional and physical health of Young Roma:
Drugs and Mental Health amongst Roma communities in Spain:
Mental Health Disparities between Roma and Gadje children in Bulgaria:
Sexual Health Gap:
COVID-19 weaponisation towards Roma, sectioning off communities:
COVID-19 impact on Roma in Moldova: https://www2.unwomen.org/-/media/field%20office%20moldova/attachments/publications/2020/roma%20population.pdf?la=ro&vs=1436
COVID-19 impact on Roma in Spain: https://eapn.es/covid19/ARCHIVO/documentos/noticias/1587475880_1587475196_encuesta-participantes-fsg.pdf
MEP calls for Roma communities to be “closed off” during pandemic:http://www.errc.org/news/anti-roma-hate-speech-by-mep-angel-dzhambazki
Obesity Crisis amongst young people
Roma Health Report by European Commission: https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/social_determinants/docs/2014_roma_health_report_es_en.pdf
Obesity Amongst Roma in Romania: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6516591/
Page 4: Prevalence of Obesity Amongst Roma in Europe compared to gadje: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.hauora.co.nz/assets/files/Global/WHO%2520policy%2520brief%2520-%2520obesity-150414.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwiuldij-ZrtAhXQwosKHQeEAVkQFjAKegQIBRAB&usg=AOvVaw0DSIAIAEq2bUkNxwpYzEi6
Phiren Amenca’s resources
https://phirenamenca.eu/best-european-roma-youth-projects-2020/ is a publication coming out after December 10 with 18 inspiring Roma youth empowerment projects
Volunteering: Citizens’ Tool for Roma Participation: https://issuu.com/phirenamenca/docs/volunteering_booklet_cropped_opt
Disclaimer: as of November 24th, these resources were shared by Anna Darózci. Other participants may expand the list with their contributions. This list does not constitute an endorsement from the European Youth Parliament and only reflects the views of those who have contributed.