Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Roma Women pay tribute to Maud De Boer Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe

On the occasion of the end of term in office of the Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer Buquicchio, the International Roma Women’s Network wishes to express its gratitude for the continuous support of Ms de Boer Buquicchio in the struggle of all European Roma Women to make their voices heard, notably through their International Conference, and for promoting the mainstreaming of issues concerning Roma women into general policies.

Ms de Boer Buquicchio was the first person in the international field to sound the alarm over the forced and uninformed sterilisation of Roma women and in 2003 received in her office a group of Roma women who had been victims of forced sterilisation. She has been relentlessly advocating measures by governments and within the Roma community itself for the elimination of all forms of discrimination and harmful practices and for the welfare of the new generation of Roma girls.

We shall dearly miss her.

International Roma Women’s Network (IRWN)

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