From July 30 until August 4 over 450 young Roma and non-Roma from 20 European countries come together in Krakow and Auschwitz to commemorate the Roma Genocide and to engage for human rights and against antigypsyism (www.2august.eu). This is the biggest Roma youth event which has ever been organized by Roma youth organizations in Europe, and we have received the honorable patronage of the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz. As we did not expect so many participants, we have to face now a lack of 8000 €, otherwise we have to cancel the participation of 80 young people. Therefore we need your support. With 100 € you can support the participation of one young person, but even 20 € constitute a great support.
The initiative will raise awareness among young Europeans, civil society, political stakeholders and decision-makers on the Roma Genocide, the mechanisms of stereotypes and antigypsyism, and current challenges of racism, hate speech and extremism in Europe. Part of the program includes a visit and remembrance ceremony in the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
ternYpe aims to empower young Roma to have a voice and to be key actors for change! ternYpe aims to build a strong network of Roma and non-Roma youth, and a platform of youth and human rights organizations that aim to advocate for empowerment, social change and the respect of human rights. We want to challenge stereotypes and antigypsyism, and strengthen the dialogue and respect among Roma and non-Roma. This initiative strengthens the consciousness of young Europeans about their role and responsibility within their communities and the society at large.
ternYpe International Roma Youth Network has a strong vision to make a change in Europe. As young Roma and non-Roma we believe that we can build a European culture based on respect, dialogue, human rights and equal opportunities. We strongly follow our mission to create space for young people to become active citizens through empowerment, mobilization, self-organization and participation.
In order to make this possible we need your support and help. We want to give 450 young Roma and non-Roma from 20 countries the chance to participate in the international youth event “Young Europeans Commemorating the Roma Genocide”. We have a small support of the European Youth Foundation, and all the partner organizations succeeded to finance their travel costs. However, we need to finance still the accommodation and board of 70 participants and for the catering of an evening event in the Galicia Jewish Museum. This is a self-organized initiative of young European citizens on a voluntary basis, and the only way we can realize our vision is through the strong support of the citizens of Europe who believe that change is possible.