Roma mediator’s training in Estonia
2023 May 29

On 27th– 28th   of May 2023, in the Parnu city in Estonia, the training of Roma mediators ‘Effective communication and conflict resolution’ aimed at confliuct prevention and time management took place. The training was conducted by Natalia Zorina, Psychology PhD and lecturer at the University of Tartu. Mediators and Roma activists were participating in the […]

Baltic Roma women training in Ryga
2023 May 8

On the 5th-6th of May 2023, the Baltic Roma women training in Ryga occurred. Two days training were devoted to the development of women’s competence and creation of the new networks for cooperation. In the trainings Lithuania was represented by Božena Karvelienė – a chairwoman of ‘Roma Integration House‘

Weekend camp for Roma girls
2023 May 2

The moments from the Roma girl’s weekend camps which occurred on the April 21-23 and was held for the first time. The main topic of the camp was the feelings which are often unrecognizable, and which are not courageous to express and to share. During the three sunny days, a safe environment had been created […]

‘Roma women integration – towards the professional development’
2023 April 17

On 13th-14th of April 2023, during the implementation of the project ‚Lithuanian Roma Platform – going local (part V)‘ the training for Roma women and representatives of organizations working with Roma community were organized. The event took place in Druskininkai. The main topics of the training: the basics of conducting the individual activity, the income […]

Discussion dedicated to International Roma Day
2023 April 6

On the 5th of April 2023, The Department of National Minorities held a discussion dedicated to the International Roma Day. The topic of the discussion was ‘Roma identity – is it important while Roma inclusion documents is being prepared?’ The Roma community members, the scientists and the representatives of state institutions were among the participants […]

Roma education in Vilnius
2023 February 27

On February 16, 2023, in commemoration of the 105th anniversary of the restoration of the State of Lithuania, an educational trip to Vilnius for Roma families with children and the teachers from Marijampolė city occurred. The education’s goal was to get acquainted with Roma traditions, food and culture. During the educational trip, the historical places […]

Highlights from the Roma song concert
2023 February 6

Highlights from the Roma song concert dedicated to commemorating the International Holocaust Remembrance Day which occurred on the 26th of January 2023 in Šiauliai city.

Meetings with Šiauliai City Municipality and Žagarė Eldership
2023 January 30

On the 26th – 27th of January, 2023, the meetings with Šiauliai city Municipality and Žagarė Eldership occurred. According to the population census of the year 2021, there is around 70 Roma citizens living in Šiauliai. During the meeting with Šiauliai City Municipality it became clear that Roma community members are quite well integrated into […]

Roma song concert in Šiauliai
2023 January 12

On the 26th of January 2023 in Šiauliai city the Roma song concert is going to happen in order to commemorate the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Entrance to the concert is free. We are inviting and welcome everyone who would like to join! #weremember

2-day training together with the Lithuanian Roma and Jewish communities is coming
2023 January 11

The Lithuanian Jewish community, “Help to Fit” (Padėk pritapti) and the Lithuanian Human Rights Center invite Lithuanian teachers, educators, and youth workers to a 2-day experience trip together with the Lithuanian Roma and Jewish communities! The two-day sessions are aimed at getting to know the traditions and customs of the communities living nearby, denying many […]

In the restaurant of Ištvan Kvik – an exhibition about world-famous celebrities with Roma roots
2023 January 10

Did you know what Charlie Chaplin, Elvis Presley and many other world-famous celebrities have in common? All of them had Roma roots. Among them are even Mother Teresa and Pablo Picasso. The only exhibition of this kind in Lithuania was opened in the restaurant of the well-known singer and Roma community member Ištvan Kvik “Gypsy […]

Seminar “Roma integration strategy – what goals and measures will we implement by 2030?”
2022 December 22

On 15th – 16th of December the seminar “Roma integration strategy – what goals and measures will we implement by 2030?”, organized by the Department of National Minorities, took place in Birštonas city. The aim of the seminar was to discuss the ensuring equal opportunities and participation of the Roma community members.

Workshop for Roma women
2022 December 7

The workshop for Roma women in the field of beauty services occurred at the end of November 2022. During the workshop the participants were presented with opportunities for employment and introduced with the specifics of work in this field. The creative workshop was focused on developing practical skills. During the sessions, the participants were encouraged […]

‘Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania – what do we know about it?’
2022 December 5

On the 30th of November 2022. The education for Roma youth took place in the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. The participants of the event had a guided tour in the Seimas, after which they had a meeting with the member of the Seimas, Vilija Targamadze, and discussed the competence of the Seimas in […]

Meeting with Radviliškis municipality
2022 November 24

On 23rd of November 2022, the Department of National Minorities under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania together with the Roma Community Center and children, youth day center ‘Padėk Pritapti’ (‘Help to Fit’) and representatives of Roma Community visited Šeduva and Radviliškis. Šeduva is a small town in the municipality of Radviliškis, where Roma […]

Roma family camp
2022 November 7

During the first week of November Roma community center organized a camp for Roma families. Different educational activities took place in Trakai, including bread baking and chocolate producing. As well a trip to Polish cities of Supraslė, which is known as center of Orthodox culture, and Balstogė was organized. During the camp Roma families discussed […]

Amari Chib – Roma language evening
2022 November 7

November 5 is an International Day of the Roma Language. On that occasion, on November 8, at 5:30 p.m., an event dedicated to the celebration of the Day of the Roma Language will be held in the Jewish community cafe “Beigelių Krautuvėlė” (Pylimo St. 4). During the festive event, excerpts from the Lithuanian Roma oral […]

Meeting with Panevėžys municipality
2022 October 20

On October 19 2022, The Department of Natural Minorities under Lithuanian Republic Government organized a visit to the municipality of Panevėžys. During various meetings, issues of Roma education, employment and youth empowerment were discussed. Information about Roma community members’ attendance to various educational institutions in Panevėžys and registration at the Employment Service was collected. According […]

International Conference on the Genocide of the Roma and Combating Antigypsyism, 20–21 October 2022 in Stockholm
2022 October 12

The Swedish IHRA Presidency is organizing an international conference in Stockholm on 20-21 October 2022. One objective of the conference is to take stock of existing research on the genocide of the Roma, and to identify obstacles, gaps, and needs, as well as share IHRA knowledge and recommendations, stimulate cooperation, and proactively work together for […]

Online course “Roma(ni) past – Europe’s future. Why embracing EU’s largest ethnic minorities matters”
2022 October 10

On 14th of October 2022, the online course “Roma(ni) past – Europe’s future. Why embracing EU’s largest ethnic minorities matters”. This online course will provide a brief overview of Roma history and culture. The course will explore the difficult, sensitive or contentious issues related to Roma and antigypsyism, and help identify and incorporate human rights […]