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The Open Society Foundations support efforts to promote equal opportunities and challenge all forms of discrimination faced by Roma, Europe’s largest and most excluded ethnic minority.

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Recent Work

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When Roma Lead the Way to Prosperity  

A small town in northwest Bulgaria shows that when Roma take the leadership, they can establish a framework for justice, equality, and prosperity despite racist prejudices and unpredictable, ever-changing political winds.

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Fighting Anti-Roma Hate, One Story at a Time

One Ukraine community’s response to an anti-Roma group offers a heartening example to all those who are trying to fight bigotry with compassion, dialogue, and understanding.

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Roma and the Post–2020 Policy: Challenges and Opportunities

European civil society organizations, in partnership with national Roma and pro-Roma organizations, express their common position on the future political and budgetary priorities of the EU concerning Roma populations.

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What Europe’s Roma Know About Defeating the Politics of Supremacy

This year, International Roma Day and a pivotal election in Hungary coincide. While many Hungarian politicians are promoting racial supremacy, Roma are celebrating their cultural identity as a force to achieve equality.

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Q&A: European Roma’s Path to Equality

Europe’s largest ethnic minority is still weighed down by prejudice and misunderstanding. By using a multifaceted strategy of litigation, public education, and direct advocacy, the Roma are changing their position.

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Q&A: Lessons from the Struggle for Albanian Roma’s Rights

A recent and critical victory for Albania’s Roma may provide marginalized communities around the world with a guide to defending their rights through broad, diverse, and flexible coalitions.