“Roma women in Greece are the silent actors of the struggle of their community to access the basic human rights.”
So begins a Council Of Europe report entitled ‘Invisible Lives – Roma Women In Greece.’
It adds: “They face multiple forms of discrimination linked to their condition as women and as Roma: high illiteracy rates, few employment opportunities, poor physical and psychological health, and vulnerable to domestic violence.
The report analyses the issues of early marriage, child labour and domestic violence as part of its focus on Roma women’s experiences of external and internal forms of discrimination and gendered poverty.
It describes how Roma women and girls experience barriers to access the enjoyment of their human rights and how their gender, ethnic origin and low socio-economic status defines their position in Greek modern society.
The report was commissioned as a follow-up to the Action Plan – ‘Taking the challenge of the achievement of de jure and de facto gender equality,’ adopted during the Council of Europe conference of the ministers responsible for equality between women and men (Baku, 24-25 May 2011).
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