International Roma Day Celebrated on April 8

Saturday, April 8th, 2017
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International Romani Day, also known as International Roma Day, takes place on 8 April to celebrate Romani culture and raise awareness of the issues facing Romani people.

It was established in honour of the first major international meeting of Romani representatives, on April 7–12, 1971, in London, according to a statement of the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity.

“I hope that our joint vision becomes a joint project to improve the living conditions of Roma, to eliminate the dividing lines and to confirm that a better, brighter world is possible,” the special secretary for the Social Integration of Roma Katerina Giantsiou said and added: “The Special Secretariat for the Social Integration of Roma, in the Labor Ministry, all the ministries and government organisations, regions and municipalities, are called to show in practice that our hopes can take form and political commitments be met.”

Greek President Pavlopoulos meets Roma childrenGreek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Saturday, International Roma Day, met with a group of Roma kids from Aliveri, Volos.

During his speech, Pavlopoulos referred to the difficulties that the Greek people are experiencing and stressed the need for the Greek society to keep its unity in order to remain democratic and continue to show solidarity, which is a part of its DNA.

Addressing the kids, he said that “a democratic society must be a society of participation. It must accept the participation of everyone,” it must respect diversity and individuality.

“However, in order to participate and respect diversity, we must respect one basic principle, that of equality,” he stated.

(source: ana-mpa)

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