ACERT gives evidence to parliamentary enquiry

ACERT chair, Rose McCarthy and EC member, Brian Foster gave evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee inquiry on education inequalities in Gypsy Roma and Traveller Communities on 12th September 2018. This follows a written submission made earlier in the year by Lisa Smith (current chair) and Margaret Wood, EC member. You can watch Parliament TV coverage of the session here.

Powerful women

The 2018 conference lived up to and maybe exceeded our expectations. We heard about powerful Gypsy women in history, strong women in the circus, Traveller activism in Ireland , videos, poetry and personal testimonies. Laughter, applause, conversation and community. A very special occasion.

Conference theme  Speaker biographies Gypsy women – an historical perspective
Challenging prejudice – Sindy Joyce Circus strong women – Dea Birkett God bless us all – by Lois Brookes-Jones
Being Roma in Britain – Natasha & Mania Malik Hate crime and genocide – Gate Herts Take us as we are – Liza Mortimor
  Personal Testimonies  

 

London University welcomes GRT students

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Students will be given priority in King’s College London K+ Programme For more information go to www.kplus.london or email kplus@kcl.ac.uk .

King’s College London is dedicated to increasing access to higher education in under-represented groups, and for the first time students from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities will be prioritised on the flagship K+ programme.

The K+ Programme is a free 2 year programme for current year 12s in the Greater London area, it equips students with the skills, knowledge and confidence to continue their journey with subjects ranging from Healthcare and Sciences to Law and Politics. 

The deadline for applications is 10 October 2018 so spread the word and get your applications in quickly! And if you are in year 11 its never to early to start thinking about your application for next year…

Romani and Traveller women’s activism past and present

To celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage, our annual mini conference and AGM 2018 will examine the crucial role played by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller women in the campaign for rights and equality.

Saturday 22nd September 2018, 10-4pm 
at
Friends Meeting House
173 Euston Road
London 
NW1 2BJ

Book your place here

Provisional programme:

09:00-10:00

Welcome and registration

(Refreshments available)

Margaret Wood and Sue Mutter
10:00-10:15 Opening remarks and chairs report  
10:15 10:35 Romani and Traveller women’s activism past and present. Jeremy GRTHS & Lisa Smith
10:35- 10:55 ‘Take us as we are’ short film and performance Liza Mortimor
10:55- 11:15 Her Inspirational Journey to advocacy and success Sindy Joyce
11:15 – 11:35 ‘Women in the circus’ short  film Dr Dea Birkett  (Women Circus Proprieteurs)
11:35 – 11:55 Mother & daughter activists and Lawyer Mania Malik & Natasha Malik
11:55 – 12:15   Gypsy Roma Traveller Women’s Empowerment Network Christina and Tina Purcell
12:15 – 12:35 Janie Codona *  
12:35-13:30 Lunch Provided  
13:30-14:00 ACERT Panel discussion Hazel Marsh , Siobhan Spencer, Kealey Sly
14:00-14:20    
14:20-14:40 Josie O’Driscoll, Sherrie Smith and Claire Rice*  ReportRacism GRT 
14:40-15:00 Lois Brookes*  
15:00-15:20 ‘Roma and Traveller Rights Defenders’ European pan activist network European Roma Rights Centre
15:20-15:30 Closing remarks  
15:30-16:00 ACERT AGM