MISSION 

Mission of Roma Women's Centre - Bibija is strengthened Romani women, and strengthened Roma families, as well as the visibility of Roma women's rights, the right to education, free choice of partners, employment, adequate health care, as well as working on changing the position of Roma women and their families in society. Our mission is to understand and practically apply the philosophy of empowering women. This practice is being executed with confidence and critically. Special emphasis is the Roma girl and a young girl.

Our work is carried out in the field, in Roma settlements once a week. Dealing with this problem through workshops or meetings, we organize several groups of women guided by the principles that situations we consider are authentic, live, that experience become aware through exchanges with others, that experience gain meaningful framework and women-participants embrace and enrich their own experience. Topics of our workshops are diverse, related to the woman, her position in the family, the wider community awareness, relations she makes during the life, health of a women mental and physical, as well as any other matters that the woman is interested in, and impose as interesting during gatherings. A special segment is women's right and how to revive the Roma community. Our goal, the desire and the task of the Roma woman back to its original strength, the role of advocate for the better life, to awaken in her consciousness that just relying on their ability may alter this extremely unfavorable position of Roma women in general. On the basis of our previous projects are women's rights and how to approach that to Roma community. The most alarming human rights violations were recorded in the domain of legislation, education and health care, as well as the invisible violence against Roma women. Former education that BIBIJA members have completed were related to the skills of leadership workshops, writing projects, women's rights, women's health, domestic violence, conflict prevention and peer mediation. One of the important goals of the Roma Women's Center BIBIJA is to overcome the lack of necessary information concerning the exercise of fundamental human and, above all, women's rights. We hope that the gap between Roma and institutions, which lasts many years, will be pushed to its abolition thanks to our activity center.

 

OBJECTIVES Roma Women's Centre »BIBIJA"     
  • Empowerment of Roma women
  • make visible the violence against Roma women and their children;
  • provide support to Roma women through psycho-social workshops;
  • make visible women's rights of Roma women in society;
  • make visible the current prejudice and disclose discrimination that rules against Roma women;
  • return to Roma woman her original strength, the role of advocate for better life;
  • raising awareness about the importance of education aid in the economic empowerment Romkinja, change of extremely unfavorable position of Roma women in the family and society changes the previous image of Roma among the majority population;
Roma Women's Center BIBIJA implemented their programs in the Roma community in Roma settlements in Serbia and Vojvodina.

At the beginning of the third millennium Roma women is facing the same problems and challenges as well as most of the women in our environment and the world. Respecting tradition, it opens the new demands of today. Roma women are currently in a difficult position because its opening depends largely on the opening of its local communities. Thus, Roma is facing a double challenge - one relates to the local Roma community, and the other to the wider community.

Her patriarchal and traditional position has not changed for centuries and clearly reduced to the role of wife and mother. Although woman is the base of Roma families, it is not someone who brings any decision nor take part in shaping their own lives and the lives of their children. On the other hand, its treatment in the community is characterized by extremely discriminatory attitude. Thus, Roma has at least two obstacles in their struggle for human rights: immediate environment which has been so far only a wife and mother, and wider social board she is connected, that is double discrimination of Roma women, as women and as part of a national minority.

Roma Women's Center BIBIJA placed at the center of its programs and projects these problems and challenges faced by Roma women today. The activities of our center are divided into several groups. The first group consists of psychosocial workshops in the field with Roma women. The themes of these programs are guided by the promotion of women's human rights, specialattention is paid to women's right to education, health care, employment, the right to a life free of violence and the right to free choice of partner. The second group of activities is legal counseling that provides free legal advice and assistance to Roma women. The third group activities make engagement on the issue of economic empowerment. These activities include organizing courses for interested women as well as assistance in finding a job. The fourth groupincludes organizing the seminars and briefing which topics are women's rights, minority rights, political participation of Roma women in our society, issues of organizational structure of women's NGOs. The fifth groupare activities related to information campaigns aimed at informing on important issues for the Roma woman and her family. These actions were frequent and various: sharing pamphlets in Roma and Serbian on the importance of women's health, pamphlets about the most common diseases in women, pamphlets on breast disease, informative material about the status of a national minority, the material on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, leaflets the contents of the Charter of patients' Rights. All written material is printed in two languages: Roma / Serbian version. The sixth group of activities covers the area of help in the formation and empowerment of young women's NGOs in Serbia and Vojvodina. The seventh group of activities is lobbying and advocacy at national and international level in order to improve the social situation of Roma in Serbia. This activity involves writing the alternative report on so far ratified international conventions ratified by our country. "BIBIJA" -Roma Women's Center wrote in 2003 and 2008 shadow report on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in Serbia, in partnership with the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest, Women's Space from Niš and the organization of EUREKA from Subotica, 2007, we submitted an alternative report to the UN CEDAW for Roma. At that time the first Roma from Serbia addressed to the CEDAW Committee. Alternate traffic report on the second and third periodic report to the CEDAW convention we defended in Geneva in 2013.