Roma Initiatives Office
The Roma Initiatives Office works with activists and communities across Europe to achieve long-term change for Roma.
The Roma Initiatives Office works to achieve equal opportunities for Roma in housing, employment, and education. We also facilitate dialogue, exchange, and collaboration across the Open Society Foundations to coordinate efforts, increase knowledge, and enhance the impact of Roma-related grant making and advocacy.
Our work builds on Open Society’s 30 years of support for Roma and pro-Roma civil society organizations focused on promoting active political participation at European, national, and local levels. We work with the thousands of Roma women and men who have taken up leadership roles in their communities. We also work, through mobilization campaigns and training, to nurture the next generation of Roma leaders.
In partnership with the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture, the Roma Education Fund, and the Roma Entrepreneurship Development Initiative, we support young Roma who want to learn about their heritage, complete their graduate studies, and create their own employment opportunities.
Q&A: A Step Toward Justice for Roma Women
In November, the Slovak Republic formally apologized to Roma women for a program of forced sterilizations that stretched out for decades. How a Slovak human rights group helped hold the government accountable.
The Time Is Now
Where Roma Rights and Environmental Justice Meet
Leaders in the EU are confronted with a dual obligation—to restore healthy environments for Roma, and to do so with the full participation of Roma communities themselves.
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.