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.
changing the picture
Q&A: Revolutionizing Roma Representation
With fearless and bold photography, Open Society Foundations Community Youth Fellow Joci Marton is challenging how LGBTI Roma are perceived—by outsiders, but also by themselves.
Q&A: A Media Haven for Europe’s LGBTI Roma
Open Society Youth Fellow Laszlo Farkas is building a media company where his community can feel recognized—and welcome.
A Decade of Progress
Celebrating 10 Years of Investing in Roma Health
First established in 2008, the Roma Health Scholarships Program was intended to support young Roma trying to ensure their communities got the health care they deserved. More than a decade later, there’s no doubt it worked.
Roma Rights Are Human Rights
Roma, Europe, and the Mission of Open Society
For decades, Open Society has proudly supported Europe’s Roma communities in their struggle for equal opportunity and recognition.
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.
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.
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.
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.