Project “Equality in Diversity! – An Initiative to Reduce Inequalities and Promote Social Inclusion in Dambovita County “, code PEH008.
The Project Launch Conference took place on 4 September 2015, at Targoviste.
Conference attendance: Mr. Marin Antonescu, vice president of Dambovita County Council, Ms. Madalina Breazu, Project Manager, Mr. Valeriu Florin Gilia, Director of the General Department for European Programmes, Public Procurement, Communication and External Relations (DGPEAPCRE), Ms. Cerasela Gurgu, spokesman of the General Department of Social Assistance and Child Protection Dambovita, representatives from the Dâmbovița School Inspectorate, Peoples’ Development Foundation, Dâmbovița Roma Party, Romanian Red Cross – Dâmbovița Branch, Corbii Mari Local Council.
The project is being implemented within Programme RO10 “Children and Youth at Risk and Local and Regional Initiatives to Reduce National Inequalities and to Promote Social Inclusion” (CORAI), funded by EEA Grants.
The CORAI Programme contributes to the overall objectives of the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 to reduce social and economic disparities in the European Economic Area and to the strengthen the relationships between Romania and the donor countries – Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
Project duration: 12 months.
The Project finance contract was signed on 5 July 2015 by RSDF (Romanian Social Development Fund), as Program Operator, and Dambovita County Council, as Project Promoter.
Project value: 844,151.74 lei, of which 717,528.98 lei represents the value of Grant EEA, and 126,622.76 lei represents public financing.
The Project overall objective is to develop initiatives in order to reduce disparities and improve the anti-discrimination measures towards groups which are vulnerable to social and economic exclusion.
The project addresses a target group of 250 people with the following structure: 50 representatives of public authorities involved in the Project activities, 15 decision makers and experts of non-governmental organisations, 20 social workers from professional associations working in social care or with people who belong to vulnerable groups, 15 people working in the private sector, and 150 people belonging to vulnerable groups that face discrimination and / or social exclusion (of which 50 Roma people)
The project will contribute to raising awareness of social inclusion, discrimination, disparities, diversity in the Dâmbovița County through carrying out a campaign called “Equality in Diversity” Caravan. Within this awareness campaign several activities be carried out:
- a training session – “Unity through Diversity – I vs. the other”,
- two interactive workshops designed to bring together people belonging to the target group
- a video on social inclusion, discrimination, disparities, diversity
- 3 short plays which will address issues such as gender discrimination, unequal opportunities, intercultural understanding, and, at the same time, will promote social inclusion and diversity
- an online social media campaign etc.
A press release on the Project Lauch Conference was also posted on the website of Project Promoter – Dâmbovița County Council www.cjd.ro