Health inequalities: a challenge for Roma inclusion in EuropeOnline Discussion
15 October 2020
Roma, Europe’s largest minority, have long experienced poor living environments and social, human rights and economic discrimination leading to poor health, shorter life expectancy and greater mortality.
Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated their vulnerability, highlighting significant barriers to Roma equality and inclusion.
Our online discussion brought together policy makers, Roma and non-Roma civil society, researchers, academia, health professionals and advocates to increase health equity through holistic and comprehensive policy solutions.
The event also marked the launch of the Roma Health Network, which aims to support the participation of Roma civil society in the development, implementation and monitoring of public policies impacting Roma, particularly public health, across the European Union.
14.00-14.05: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Sascha Marshang, Acting Secretary General, European Public Health Alliance
14.05-14.45: Health Equity for Roma: Advancing Social Justice across Europe
Daniel La Parra Cassado- Senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology 2, University of Alicante; Member of the Spanish State Council of Roma People, former Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Social Inclusion and Health
Radost Zaharieva, Policy Coordinator, Health Inequalities, European Public Health Alliance: Health inequalities – a constant obstacle for Roma inclusion
Roland Ferkovics, Roma Education Fund: Investing in Roma education for reducing inequalities between and within countries
Adriana Lamackova, Centre for Reproductive Rights: Tackling health inequalities faced by Roma women in EU Member States and Candidate countries
Daniela Miranda, The Center for Community Research and Action, University of Seville: Strengthening Roma participation in national and local advocacy for achieving health equity
14.45-15.00: Questions and Answers
15.00 - 15.40: Reducing Health inequalities - priorities and solutions in post-2020 period
Moderator: Zoltán Massay-Kosubek,Policy Manager, European Public Health Alliance
MEP Romeo Franz, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance: The role of EU legislation in reducing health inequalities
Marcela Adamova, Non-Discrimination and Roma Co-ordination Unit, DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission: Health inequalities in the context of EU Framework for Roma Equality and Inclusion
15.40-15.50: Questions and Answers
15.50-16.00: Closing Remarks and Conclusion
Romeo Franz MEP, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
Policy coordinator Health inequalities, EPHA