09. 09. 2020

The Roma Spirit Award launches its twelfth annual ceremony

“We are looking for people, organisations and projects that actively contribute to improving the situation of Roma communities in Slovakia. Do you know anyone around you (who fits the criteria)? Nominate them for the Roma Spirit 2020 Award! ” announces the nomination spot of the 12th year of Roma Spirit 2020.

The Roma Spirit Award, which annually draws attention to personalities, organisations, media, municipalities and employers who are actively involved in improving the situation of the Roma minority and the coexistence of Roma and non-Roma in Slovakia, launched its twelfth ceremony on Wednesday, September 9. “The Roma Spirit Award is a symbol of support for all those who are actively involved in strengthening social inclusion, tolerance and understanding,” said Magdaléna Rothová, Director of ACEC, at the beginning of the launch of the 12th year. “We believe that through systematic presentation, public appreciation and thanks, we contribute to supporting the resolution of challenges, and to breaking down prejudices and stereotypes present in our society,” she added.

Roma Spirit 2020 is presented by the Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC), Slovak Radio and Television and the Office of the Plenipotentiary of the Government for Roma Communities. “Nowadays, it is necessary to improve the situation of Roma and Romani women, and the awarded initiatives can greatly help, while at the same time serve as inspiration and motivation for others,” stated Andrea Bučková, the Plenipotentiary of the Government for Roma Communities.

“We know how difficult it is to work with this topic, so we respect every journalist, activist, public figure or elected representative at any level who realises that any Roma problem is not just about Roma, and that together with the Roma we are Slovak society,” stated Attila Lovász, director of the RTVS National Broadcasting Center.

The auspices were taken over by the President of the Slovak Republic, Zuzana Čaputová, and the Public Defender of Rights, Mária Patakyová. “The award is an important form of inspiration and awareness-raising about positive examples of education, housing or employment, which I consider to be a key part of enlightenment,” said Mária Patakyová, Public Defender of Rights.

Nominations for the Roma Spirit Award can by submitted by anyone by post, e-mail or by filling out an online application by 12 October. The Roma Spirit Preparatory Committee will select 21 finalists from all eligible nominations. The seven laureates of the 12th Roma Spirit 2020, in the categories Non-Governmental Organisation; Company and Employer; Municipality and City; Personality; Media;