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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

Voices
In a Time of Turmoil, a Path to Roma Self-Determination

Despite facing unprecedented crises today, Roma communities can draw on their collective strength and shared history to wrest control of their own futures.

Briefing Paper
Memorandum: Violations of EU Law and Fundamental Rights by Bulgaria’s Discriminatory Treatment of Roma in the Area of Housing

The European Commission should take legal action against Bulgaria for the targeted destruction of Roma housing, in violation of the European Union's race equality directive.

Voices
How a Holocaust Commemoration Can Be a Starting Point for Today’s Roma Advocacy

When a critical mass of Roma citizens learn their history, they can forge their own sense of identity—and use it to inform their activism.

Event
Which Steps Towards European Policies Against Anti-Gypsyism?

The Open Society Foundations, the German Federal Foreign Office, and the European Commission host a seminar encouraging policymakers to step up efforts combating prejudice against Roma communities.

Voices
How a Broken Economic System Keeps Roma Children in Special Schools  

Roma students are often funneled into special schools, but a door-to-door initiative is supporting parents who want a mainstream education for their children.

Voices
How Pop Culture Can Help Roma See Themselves as Survivors

From comic book heroes to Hollywood villains, some of the best-known characters of the pop culture landscape have hidden Roma roots.