E-Romnja is a Roma feminist, a-political and non-profit organization that fights for the rights of Roma women and girls.

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Advocacy

The advocacy dimension of E-Romnja work is a central part of our effort to ensure that the diversity, experiences, and problems faced by Roma girls and women are on the authorities' agenda and are reflected in measures and policies, public discourse, and civil society initiatives.

Thus, we develop and implement long-term actions at both the local and national levels. At the local level, we make the voices of girls and women heard in the communities where we work and prioritize actions with the initiative groups. Over time, our major advocacy themes in the communities in which we work have been: anti-discrimination, sexual violence against Roma girls, practices similar to marriage between minors, gender equality, racism and institutional sexism, combating school drop-out, access to services, housing, adequate infrastructure.

Through local partnerships developed over the past four years, we are adapting the local administrative system and police practices so that the needs of Roma girls and women are no longer invisible. Our advocacy work is supported by local women's, young women’s, and young people's initiative groups in Mizil and Valea Seacă.

Constant efforts to bring about change in communities have not been unsuccessful: together with our initiative groups, we have become discussion partners for local public authorities. We are now involved in the consultation and decision-making process. We are aware that the process is complex, but we are there, and together with Roma girls and women in communities, we persevere in changing institutional mindsets, policies, and practices.

For our advocacy work to have an even more significant impact on multiple levels, we work strategically in networks, coalitions, or informal groups. As a result, we have developed alliances with groups and networks that address issues such as forced habitation and evacuations, sexual and reproductive rights, violence against women, sexual violence, gender equality, the LGBTQIA+ community.

We are currently members of the following formal or informal networks:

→ Network for the Prevention and Combating of Violence against Women
→ Coalition for Gender Equality
→ Network Break Silence on Sexual Violence
→ Housing Block

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