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United Nations Statement

Gay McDougallA statement by Gay McDougall, United Nations Independent Expert on Minority issues, on UK National Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month emphasised the importance of the month when stating: "I warmly welcome today the beginning of the UK National Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month as a valuable example of how minorities’ contributions to society can and should be discussed, celebrated and promoted. Widespread societal discrimination and anti-Gypsy, Roma and Traveller prejudice continues and must be addressed by all countries in which it remains an ugly and disturbing reality."

Read Gay McDougall's complete statement >

The also event had the backing of Lord Adonis, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Schools.

He states: “We can challenge myths, tackle prejudice and be in a position to offer a balanced debate about the issues. We will all be able to celebrate the richness that Gypsy, Roma and Travellers communities bring to our everyday lives through their many and varied academic and artistic achievements.”

The celebrations have started. Its aims are simple:

  • to explain the history and culture of the communities,
  • to challenge myths and break down barriers,
  • to celebrate the richness that these communities bring to our everyday lives.

Finally, Gay McDougall again: "Legislation on non-discrimination alone will never be enough. Creative and educational initiatives such as this one are also required to challenge stereotypes and overcome barriers. UK National Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month is an important step on a long road towards discussing and confronting discrimination against such communities. "

Getting Involved

A guide to playing a part in GRTHM. Written specially by the IrishTraveller Movement in Britain this booklet - downloadable or available to read online - gives lots of information on getting ideas, organising events, funding and more...

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