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The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Although the fight against racism is a priority for the international community and a central focus of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), there is still much to be done so that all human beings can fully enjoy their general rights and fundamental freedoms. Racism and racial discrimination, direct or indirect, de jure or de facto, manifest themselves daily, impede progress, and cause suffering for millions of people around the world. Every year on March 21, on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we remember those 69 black people who died in South Africa in the Sharpeville Massacre. 

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The author, Georgina Vatala is 19 years old. She was involved in creative activities since she was 10 years old. She started in Policy Center for Roma and Minorities, continued with Born for Trouble dance company, then PlayHood and Star Chaya. She participated in Sistem on Ferentari three years in a raw. The same with Forum Theater. Now she is a first year student at Bucharest University, Information and Documentation Sciences. Even if this is a good university, in the future she would like to also go to Psychology University and/ or Pedagogy. Just like her mother, she loves to work with people and children, to help and make good.

Creative teenagers and young adults who grew up in Ferentari neighborhood in Bucharest write articles about Roma culture, with editorial guidance, as part of “Avdives, Khetanes!” (translation “Today, together!”) project implemented by Amfiteatru Foundation.

“Avdives, Khetanes!” aims to increase inclusion and develop the premises for a better quality of life for Roma children in Belin commune, Covasna county and in Ferentari marginalized neighbourhood (Sector 5, Bucharest).

The project is implemented by Amfiteatru Foundation in partnership with Belin Community Development Association for Belin commune and by Amfiteatru Foundation in partnership with the City Hall of Sector 5 for Ferentari and benefits from a 856.678 euros grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the SEE and Norway Grants as part of the Local Development Program.