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International Conference “From Slavery to Movement and Policies”

The Roma Education Fund, the Civic Platform Aresel, Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative – REDI and European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture – ERIAC are inviting you to an international conference titled „𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗦𝗹𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗠𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘀”, which is scheduled to kick-off on February the 20th, at 𝟭𝟵:𝟬𝟬, 𝗥𝗼𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 (𝗘𝗘𝗧/𝗨𝗧𝗖 + 𝟮).


The event is organized on the 165th anniversary of the liberation from slavery of the Roma ethnics in Romania. On February the 20th 1856, the infamous institution of Roma slavery was ended with the enactment of the „Legislation for the emancipation of all Gypsies in the Romanian Principality”. With the final act of abolition, almost 250,000 Roma slaves became legally free, after almost 500 years in slavery.


This online event, which will be streamed live on Facebook, will feature the first public projection of the film “LETTER OF FORGIVENESS” – directed by Romanian Roma actress Alina Șerban.

Bilet de iertare / Letter of Forgiveness – Official Trailer from Alina Serban – Untold Stories on Vimeo.


We are honored to mention, among the guests and speakers who will be participating in the online debates:
📌 Mrs. Anca Dragu, President of the Romanian Senate
📌 His Excellency Mr. Andrew Noble, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Romania
📌 Lord Simon Woolley of Woodford, President of British Initiative Operation Black Vote
📌 Mr. Zeljko Jovanovic, Director of Open Societies – Roma Initiatives Office and Chair of ERIAC (Moderator)
📌 Mrs. Tímea Junghaus, Executive Director ERIAC
📌 Dr. Ciprian Necula, Founder of Aresel and President of Roma Education Fund
📌 Representatives of African American Movements from the United States of America (TBC)
The draft program of the event can be found here:
Feb 20 event – From slavery to movement and policies
Press Release_From slavery to movement and policies