AGREP (The Action Program for Effective Reporting of Antigypsyism and Discrimination) is a project that combines social research and action with the aim to improve our knowledge about the forms of discrimination that affect Roma people in the Barcelona area and develop efficient tools in order to facilitate reporting and intensify the fight against antigypsyism. The project team is made up by GRITIM-UPF (The Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration) at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, FAGiC (The Federation of Roma Associations in Catalonia), and the Barcelona City Council’s Office for Non-discrimination.
Discrimination against people from the Roma communities is widespread in Barcelona as elsewhere in Spain, though seriously underreported. This discrimination hampers the opportunities of Roma people to, for instance, access employment or housing, fulfill educational projects, or even avoid being harassed and insulted in public spaces. The AGREP project aims to strengthen the fight against antigypsyism through the development of specific tools in order to detect and report discriminatory actions: an app, a training program, and a database. We expect that these tools will serve to increase the confidence among Roma people that they can challenge antigypsyism and participate in society with equality of opportunities.
The AGREP project combines social research with the practical implementation of different actions in order to fulfill the following objectives:
1) Develop an app to facilitate the reporting of discrimination against Roma people to the Office for non-discrimination.
2) Train a group of Roma anti-discrimination agents who will in turn work to increase the knowledge among the Roma communities of laws or procedures to report discrimination.
3) Train a group of institutional anti-discrimination agents with key positions within central Catalan institutions, in order to implement discourses and actions against anti-gypsyism in these institutions.
4) Create a comprehensive database on the discrimination of Roma people, in order to address the gap between lacking data on antigypsyism and everyday experiences of actual discrimination against Roma people in Barcelona.
5) Create an advisory board of national and international Roma and anti-discrimination experts, who will evaluate the project continuously during its life length.
Discrimination of the Roma communities in Barcelona is seriously underreported. We are developing an app through which people will be able to report antigypsyism. The app will also collect useful data to design effective policies.
We strongly believe that nobody could defend the Roma community better than themselves. Empowerment is the strongest tool against antigypsyism.
20 Roma people from 10 neighbourhoods around Barcelona will receive training about antigypsysim, discrimination and the functioning of the APP, to promote its use among the Roma people.
In addition, 5 representatives with key positions within central Catalan institutions will receive the training.
A total of 40 workshops will be organized by the trained Roma and institutional anti-discrimination agents, who will disseminate the contents and methodologies to fight antigypsyism in their own environments.
We combine qualitative and quantitative methods to create a comprehensive database on the discrimination of Roma people.
An advisory board of national and international Roma and anti-discrimination experts who will evaluate the project continuously during its life length is being set up.
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