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.
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.
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
Friends Meeting House
173 Euston Road
Book your place here
Welcome and registration
|Margaret Wood and Sue Mutter
||Opening remarks and chairs report
||Romani and Traveller women’s activism past and present.
||Jeremy GRTHS & Lisa Smith
||‘Take us as we are’ short film and performance
||Her Inspirational Journey to advocacy and success
|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 *
||ACERT Panel discussion
||Hazel Marsh , Siobhan Spencer, Kealey Sly
||Josie O’Driscoll, Sherrie Smith and Claire Rice*
|| ReportRacism GRT
||‘Roma and Traveller Rights Defenders’ European pan activist network
||European Roma Rights Centre
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.