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Fri 03 Sep

Working with Traveller and Roma Communities

12.00 - 2.00pm


€5 IASW members/€25 non-members


The webinar is part of the CPD programme of the IASW Anti-Racism Strategic Plan 2021-2023. 

The session aims to: 

  • Increase awareness of anti-Traveller and Roma racism and discrimination and its impacts in Ireland
  • Increase ability to reflect on and challenge societal, individual and/or organisational attitudes, beliefs and practices regarding Travellers and Roma
  • Identify actions to equality and human rights proof services and policies

Speaker Biographies

Rima Kawash works at the New communities partnership and manages the Migrant Family Support Service. The service delivers support to Migrant families experiencing child protection interventions. Her area of expertise is promoting positive parental participation through child protection proceedings and supporting cross-cultural communication between social workers and parents. 

Jenny Liston is Pavee Point's Roma Project Coordinator. Jenny is a qualified social worker with an MA in Gender, Globalisation, and Rights. She has previously worked in homeless and domestic violence services, the National Women’s Council of Ireland, and with the International Rescue Committee in Sierra Leone.

Tessa Collins is a Community Development Worker with the Violence against Women Programme in Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre. She has been an activist for Traveller rights for over 20 years, and works specifically to promote the rights of Traveller and Roma women. Her work involves engaging with members of her community, service providers and policy makers with the aim of preventing violence against Traveller and Roma women and promoting gender equality.

Gabi Muntean has been a community development worker with the Pavee Point Roma project since 2013 . She works to promote the human rights of Roma in Ireland. She was a researcher as part of the National Roma Needs Assessment in Ireland which was published in 2018.  She   has been a long-time activist and volunteer working with schools and services in order to promote Roma inclusion. Gabi is originally from Romania and has lived in Ireland for over 20 years.