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  

 

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  

 

 

ACERT supports Coalition on evictions consultation

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is carrying out a consultation on enforcement powers as they relate to unauthorised development and encampments. Details of the consultation can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/powers-for-dealing-with-unauthorised-development-and-encampments The deadline for submissions is June 15th . We would encourage as many people and organisations as possible to put in submissions.

On Tuesday 15th May the ACERT Executive Committee decided to endorse the letter sent by Henry Chapman of the Gypsy and Traveller Coalition regarding these proposals. and I have just done this by filling in the online consultation form.