Title Training Roma Woman in Traditional Fashion
Project Number 142223-LLP-1-2008-GR-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Roma people in Europe constitute an ethnic/cultural/linguistic group that suffers from severe discrimination and social exclusion. Several reasons are quoted as causing this situation, but the lack of labor market and relevant vocational qualifications rank among the most important.
Roma women are particularly affected since they rely traditionally on men for household income. In this context their cultural specificity is under threat as they are led to live under increasingly worse conditions that seriously undermine their traditional way of life.
The project Romfashion, is designed in such a way as to provide Roma women with specific vocational skills directly targeting at the advancement of their socio-economic state, while safeguarding Roma cultural identity.
The project aims to the:
-Motivation of Roma women to engage actively in training procedures aiming to enhance their quality of life.
-Improvement of skills and competences of Roma women, with a view to facilitate their integration into the labour market.
-Development of good practices needed to facilitate their access to vocational training.
-Promotion of Intercultural Dialogue with primary objective to contribute to the improvement of the conditions of life of a socially group disadvantaged.
-Contribution to raising awareness for the Roma culture by introducing an aspect of it, Roma dresses, into modern “ethnic” fashion in partners countries.
The project started in November 2008 and ends in December 2010. The implementation of project is coordinated through the regular communication among all partners and during the following international meetings:
•October 2008 Athens, Greece
•May 2009 Ostrava, Czech Republic
•November 2009 Istanbul, Turkey
•April 2010 Madrid, Spain
•June 2010 Bratislava, Slovakia
•October 2010 Athens, Greece - Fashion Show
Access for disadvantaged
program or curricula
The expected products of the project are:
•Pilot training/workshops to modern methods of household production in designing, sewing and marketing traditional Roma dresses, in each partner country.
•Training methodology guide (printed and CD-ROM Format).
•Manual guide of household production unit (printed and CD-ROM Format).
•Exhibitions of selected Roma dresses in each partner country.
•Final Fashion show.