Co-financing cultural projects in the framework of annual public tenders in connection with the Roma community and the German-speaking ethnic group in the Republic of Slovenia. Public tenders include a priority criterion for the selection and support of projects involving (also) women or women belonging to minority communities. This encourages women, creators and artists of minority communities to actively engage in social life, especially in the field of culture.
The co-financing of operations within the public tenders aiming to increase the social inclusion of members of vulnerable social groups in the field of culture under the European Social Fund which, in the implementation of activities, take into account one of the "Operation" evaluation criteria, contributes to the promotion of equal opportunities for women and men.
The results are visible in projects that included activities in the field of culture (cultural and creative sectors) carried out for vulnerable social groups, where some projects were aimed at women from minority ethnic groups or promoted equal opportunities for women and men. These projects enabled a particularly vulnerable group, women from minority ethnic communities, to participate fully in cultural life.
The projects carried out resulted in various cultural products produced by women from minority ethnic communities, e.g. exhibitions, books, textile products, etc., which contribute to promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.
The project developers tended to overcome rooted patterns of behaviour and thinking about social power relationships. Equal opportunities for the integration of men and women were provided. Some project developers predetermined the participation quota of men and women, which promoted equal opportunities for women and men.
- The "REVEALED HANDS (Razkrite roke) - human and business achievements" project was carried out by the OLOOP Ljubljana Institute (Institute for Contemporary Textile Art and Design, Ljubljana). As part of the project, the empowerment of a group of female immigrants and asylum seekers was supported through the use of textiles and other art media and the acquisition of knowledge in design and in pedagogical, humanitarian and marketing skills
- The project was carried out by the Bosniak Youth Cultural Association, Velenje. Innovative multidisciplinary training in handicrafts (different lacemaking techniques), video production and cultural management, enables the greater social activation and employability of members of vulnerable groups in the field of culture and, through innovative strengthening of human capital, increased recognition of the cultures of the Bosniak and other minority cultures in Velenje and Slovenia. The promotional films produced within the project focus on gender equality in manual skills and the intertwining of different cultures. Examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYEI8Wt5XG4, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU6K20jLgFY
- Various projects under which activities in cultural and creative sectors were carried out under the leadership of Roma women (Roma national costume - the sewing of Roma skirts; Let's sew 'dimije' (muslim female trousers) and dance in them); R.E.S.P.E.C.T.; Selma Selman - empowerment of Roma women (an exhibition of Roma artists and a catalogue of contemporary Roma artists); Women in Word and Picture; Marlena Tells 2 (Marlenakro phukavibe 2), by the young Roma author Marlena Horvat Sandrelli; publication of the book by Zalika Cener: A book entitled "Alin - Angel Jan".
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The findings of the evaluation of the measure showed positive effects. The co-financing of various projects on this subject contributed to comprehensive care for vulnerable groups, often the most vulnerable and poorest, persons vulnerable for multiple reasons, e.g. women from minority communities. With the implementation of the measure, individuals from vulnerable groups began to open up from closed environments, integrate into groups and societies, become actively involved in society, and trained themselves to perform activities in the field of culture. This raised the awareness of the general public of their existence, culture and language, thus eliminating prejudice and transcending negative stigmatisation.