Realizing the rights of Roma children and women in three countries
Summary analysis of key findings from Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys in Roma settlements in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia.
Across Europe, many Roma children and adolescents experience extreme poverty, social exclusion and discrimination. That exclusion is often driven by poverty, limited participation in the decisions that shape their lives, discrimination, isolation and a lack of sustainable well-funded policies to change this pattern. The lack of information about Roma children, young people and women hinders the development of effective policies for their full social inclusion.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia are working to end Roma exclusion, setting a course for other countries to follow. Drawing on these efforts, UNICEF has studied the situation of Roma children and women in these three countries to examine how well Roma children are doing in comparison to non-Roma children, as well as progress towards their greater social inclusion. The study, captured in this UNICEF Insight, fills a major gap in evidence on Roma children, young people and women, and stresses the need for a human rights-based approach to safeguard their well-being.