Final conference of the project »EARLY MARRIAGE – CULTURE OR ABUSE?« (LUK, SI)

Dear guests.

We cordially invite you to attend the final conference of the project
»Early marriage – culture or abuse?«

Friday, June 10th 2016

Austria Trend Hotel, Dunajska cesta 154, Ljubljana

During the conference, the partners will present the project work covering a broad spectrum of raising awareness and prevention activities on early marriages in Roma community.
Project presentations will focus on the conclusions of the sociological research, the work and importance of interlinking of institutions, the work of Roma mediators and prevention programmes for schoolchildren.
The conference will conclude with round table debate »Hand in hand for better interlinking of Roma community and majority population«.

At the conference, there will be simultaneous translation into Slovenian and English language. Mojca Gornik will moderate the event.

The participation to the conference is free of charge.

We’d like to ask you to confirm your participation to the conference by Friday, June 3rd 2016 at the latest.

More details in the invitation.
Inivitation Final Conference of the project Early Marriage – Culture or Abuse

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The second meeting of the interdisciplinary team (RIC, SI)

On 25th of May 2016 was held the second meeting of interdisciplinary team of the  project Early marriage – culture or abuse. Project coordinator presented the project results which have been achieved by the end of May 2016. The project coordinator  invited all participants at the final conference of the project, which will take place on 10th of June 2016 in Ljubljana. At the end, all members of the interdisciplinary team attended a professional event – a round table entitled Was  Einstein right, when he said, that it is easier to break  the atom than prejudice.

The students of Faculty of Education Koper participated on the second round table for Roma women (RIC, SI)

The second round table for Roma women entitled Difficulties of early motherhood was held on 5th May 2016 in RIC Novo mesto.
On this round table we have invited the students of Faculty of Education Koper, the future teachers. The conversation was held in a very relaxed atmosphere, Roma women and the female students have exchanged life experience and views on growing up, motherhood and parenthood. Through the conversation they tried to found how important is the role of the parents in their child’s growing up, especially with familiarising their children with the changes that come with puberty. They found that there are also cultural differences in viewing motherhood and problems that are related to motherhood. Roma women have highlighted that conversations about sex in Roma families are still taboo topic. They stated that they received the most information about sex from health care professionals and only partially from their peers. They spoke about the customs related to giving birth and the mother returning from the hospital with the new child and about the need of attending antenatal classes. They said that relatives prepare the necessary clothing and the child’s bed only after the birth. They described the process of celebration of the father and relatives and neighbours for the birth and gave reasons why they are not interested in attending antenatal classes. Most importantly they highlighted the experience of giving birth as a normal event, without feeling any fear. They also believe that numerous previous experiences, that they had in early youth with younger brothers and sisters, are important and that the acknowledgement that they will have the support of their mothers and mothers in law after they return from the maternity hospital is also important. Towards the end of the round table they also spoke about raising their children, the roles of the fathers and families and the knowledge and skills that the child needs before going to school. They pointed out two things: before entering Primary School the child has to speak Slovenian language and the rules of appropriate behaviour.


Meeting of the interdisciplinary team of the project »Early marriage – culture or abuse?« (RIC, SI)

The first meeting of the interdisciplinary team of the project Early marriage – culture or abuse? was held at RIC Novo mesto on the 4.2.2016. The aim was to offer interdisciplinary help with solving detected problems that are related with early marriages in Roma settlements or Roma families. All invited members have responded to the invitation. Besides the project’s team the meeting was attended also by representatives from Novo mesto Municipality, Health care centre Novo mesto, Social care centre, Primary School Bršljin and a representative of the Roma community (the police representative was justifiably absent).
Tea Sulič, the project coordinator from RIC Novo mesto, presented the project’s results to all participants; especially she stressed the work done in the Roma settlements by the Roma mediator. All participants were kindly invited to propose suggestions for future cooperation. All team members agreed that this kind of active collaboration and networking with Roma representatives are really beneficial. A common agreement was to meet again in April 2016 with more specific suggestions for common work.

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Round table »Wealth of multiculturalism – yesterday, today, tomorrow« (LUK, SI)

As a part of the project »Early marriage – culture or abuse?« a round table for general public »Wealth of multiculturalism – yesterday, today, tomorrow« was held on April 5, 2016 in Kočevje.
The guests shared experiences of their general and family life as members of specific majority, confrontations with stereotypes and prejudices, as well as the role of women and intercultural coexistence today and in the future.
Janja Rošer, the president of Council of Roma community of the Republic of Slovenia as a representative of Roma ethnic minority and Faila Pašić Bišić, the president of Humanitarian society Up, as a representative of Islamic community in Slovenia, were honestly speaking of their personal experiences as well as views of communities they represent. Beside stereotypes and prejudices they were facing when growing up, they talked about how the role of women is changing in their communities. The status of women, being powerlessness and in an inferior position to men, is successfully changing. Individual women, who decided to cross the boundaries of being just mothers and housewives, present the role models and motivation for all women. When speaking about women and mothers the debate addressed also early marriage issues. They both strongly criticised and highlighted the different views of practicing arranged (forced) marriages within different groups in each community. Janja Rošer highlighted the need of separating different Roma communities in Slovenia regarding different way of living, different culture and language and finally practicing different forms of marriage. Roma communities in Prekmurje (North East of Slovenia) and Dolenjska (South East of Slovenia) are not familiar with arranged early marriages. In both regions, early cohabitations in a form of so-called “elopement” are known and practiced. A young couple decides to “marry” and start to live together. In most cases, without parents’ knowledge or despite their disapproval. When searching for possible solutions, it is important to stress out that it is not possible to isolate the issue, since it’s complex and connected with many other issues, but it is vital that the community itself recognises the problem as unacceptable in a modern world.
Coexistence is only possible in a tolerant society, with active inclusion of both sides, members of minority as well as of majority population, being willing and prepared for respectful cooperation, intercultural dialog, equal inclusion in decision-making process, always and everywhere.  Not only the differences alone enrich us but also common values, wishes and fears which we not often highlight.
At the end the visitors joined the debate with their opinions and questions and their response to the content and organization of the event was very positive.

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A short video on round table was broadcasted on national TV channel RTV SLO2 in the Roma programme “So vakeres?”.

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Prepared by Tjaša Šerkezi.