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Fundación Secretariado Gitano presents the results and impact of its 'Calí programme. For the equality of Roma women ' [editar]

Deputy head of government, Carmen Calvo, closed the event together with over 75 women participating in the programme

13/06/2019
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Fundación Secretariado Gitano presents the results and impact of its 'Calí programme. For the equality of Roma women '
  •  The Calí Programme is helping Roma women, one of the most vulnerable groups in society, advance in their right to equality: in the access to employment, in gender equity and in the fight against discrimination.
  • 1,700 women have participated in individual personal development and employment plans in the framework of Calí, 73% of these women live in households where none of its members is in work and 89% have not completed secondary compulsory education. Of these, 245 have found employment and 122 have returned to education.
  • A great contribution and an innovative aspect of the Calí Programme is that the professional team that implements it, is made up of 29 equality professionals, mostly Roma women with higher specialized education.

Over 75 Roma women from all over Spain have participated in the "Walking together" event organised by Fundación Secretariado Gitano to present the results of its Calí Programme, for the equality of Roma women.

Calí is a pioneering initiative that was born in 2016 to promote equal opportunities and socio-labour inclusion of vulnerable Roma women and address the multiple discrimination they face.  The Calí Programme is helping Roma women, one of the most vulnerable groups in society, advance in their right to equality, in the access to employment, in gender equity and in the fight against discrimination. "Today I am working, developing as a hardworking woman, economically independent and enjoying it," said Lidia Muñoz, participant from Madrid. 

A great contribution and an innovative aspect of the Calí Programme is that the professional team that implements it is made up of 29 equality professionals, mostly Roma women with higher specialized education.

Calí is a programme of Fundación Secretariado Gitano deployed in 27 localities of 14 regions that supports vulnerable Roma women in their social and labour inclusion, these are women who, due to their situation of particular vulnerability and their low employability, are left out of the mainstream services. The programme aims to promote gender equality, work and life balance and co-responsibility, the defense of the right to equal treatment and end situations of gender violence. A contribution that reduces the gender gaps in the medium and long term and promotes social cohesion and active citizenship.



 

 

 

Vídeo Programa Calí (junio 2019)

The profile of the participants

Between 2016 and 2019, about 1,700 women with an average age between 26 and 53 years participated in the Calí programme, of which 73% live in households where none of its members is in work and in situations of poverty and social vulnerability, and 13% are single-parent families. 72% want to work to improve their living conditions but are not looking for a job and 89% have not completed compulsory secondary education. Since the programme started, 93 cases of gender violence have been handled.



Results that change women's lives

After three years, the results of the Calí programme show its great impact on the lives of the 1,700 participating women: 245 have found a job and 122 have return to study. In addition, it contributes to promoting gender equality in the Roma community with 786 awareness raising activities on gender equality in which 2,050 Roma men and 3,360 Roma women of all ages have participated. The Calí programme promotes and contributes to the defense of rights. The professionals working in the programme have provided support and counselling to 458 victims of discrimination.

Calí has ​​also contributed to promoting equal treatment within the Roma community with 313 information activities on rights and against discrimination directed at the Roma community. More than 1,920 professionals have received training on gender and equal treatment to improve knowledge and awareness about the equality and rights of Roma women.The Calí programme is funded under the European Social Fund through the Operational Programme for Social Inclusion and the Social Economy (POISES), together with the Ministry of Health, Consumers and Social Welfare and "la Caixa" Bank Foundation.

More information about the programme in this link.

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