Realizing the rights of Roma children and women
in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Serbia
Across Europe, many Roma boys and girls, young men and women experience extreme poverty, social exclusion and discrimination.
They are disadvantaged and marginalised through not being registered, low levels of parental education, low participation in early childhood care and education at all levels, and limited access to health care services, employment, water and sanitation and social services.
Their exclusion is often driven by poverty, limited opportunities for participation in decisions affecting their lives, discrimination in the labour market, in public services and in society, spatial segregation, and lack of sustainable well-funded policies to change the course of these trends.
The lack of information on Roma communities, especially children, young people and women, hinders the development of effective social inclusion policies.
In response, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia are taking crucial steps to end Roma exclusion, by monitoring progress and developing policies to prevent discrimination. These bold initiatives set a valuable example for other countries to follow.