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The “Gipsy Eye” Association is a grass roots organization, whose members are university and high school students but also less educated young Roma. Our motto is “See beyond prejudice.” Our official website is
“Gipsy Eye” Association is based in Iasi, a town in the North-East under-developed region of Romania. Iasi plays an important role in Romanian cultural and economical life (e.g., it has the third largest university after Bucharest and Cluj). Five percent of the Romanian Roma population lives in Iasi, accounting for more than 10% of Iasi’s population. Most of the Roma live in cities such as Iasi, Pascani, Targu Frumos. But there are also several villages where the Roma population is the same or even more than the Romanian population (Grajduri, Ciurea, Miroslovesti, Lungani, Pietris, Crucea, Siretel, Cozmesti, etc).
We aim to fight the prejudices and discrimination against Roma by:
  • showing to Romani youth alternative paths for a better life;
  • empowering Romani youth through knowledge of their own culture and history;
  • offering a chance for the Roma youth from different Romani communities to share their cultural heritage and other values of their own community among themselves and with non-Roma youth;
  • creating a forum for the youth to express their views, thoughts, and expectations from their perspective as a minority;
  • pointing out good examples of Roma and non-Roma cooperation on different topics such as anti-discrimination, culture, education, and diversity.
Our association was founded in 2007 at the initiatives of six Roma students who, through music and dance, wanted to manifest their Romani identity and fight discrimination. After months of hard work, during the International Day of Romani Culture festival, these students amazed Iasi’s inhabitants with their beautiful dances. From that moment, they participated in numerous cultural events, seminars and anti-discrimination campaigns. One thing was clear: their message was always received warmly. This gave them hope that more can be done to correct the image of the Roma population among the non-Roma. So in August 2008, the association became an official NGO, which now belongs to several official and informal networks such as Youth in Action (initiatives of European Commission), RomEurope France, Romlink, University Association of Students from Romania.
Since our founding, we have reached directly more than 10 000 people and work intensively with more than 500. At the moment, we are working on the project “Messenger against discrimination” with 100 young people. We have a strong presence in Iasi county, that is also strengthened by our close relation with our partners from within the public educational institutions.
In different cultural institutions in Iasi and Targu Frumos, our NGO provides Roma traditional dance classes for children and teenagers. Members of the association perform monthly shows during which they also make known Roma’s issues.
We welcome volunteers all the time! During the last two years we trained 25 persons, who work for us effectively as volunteers. They have been involved in different local, national and international conferences, workshops, training and seminars. They have organized debates, anti-discrimination campaigns and trainings on Roma rights, culture, history, and language. You can be one of them!




Luptam impotriva discriminarii! Gipsy Eye te ajuta sa  Treci dincolo de prejudecati

Asociatia “Gipsy Eye” in traducere “Ochi de tigan” este o organizatie de studenti, elevi dar si  tineri ce actioneaza la nivelul judetului Iasi. Asociatia noastra promoveaza cultura rromilor si identitatea neamului nostru. Scopul nostru este sa imbunatatim imaginea rromilor in randul populatiei majoritate prin promovarea culturii acestui popor.Lucram in mod direct cu tinerii, rromi si ne-rromi construind poduri peste prejudecati prin diversitatea culturala. Am ales acest nume deoarece noi consideram ca prin intermediul “Gipsy Eye”, al ochiului de tigan puteti vedea adevarata fata, pozitiva si constructiva a rromilor.

Atmosfera din satra, traditiile pozitive precum si adevarate valori ale neamului nostru transpus in modele de tineri rromi care muncesc si isi contruiesc o viata sanatoasa vor fi aduse la cunostinta publicului larg de catre voluntarii nostri. Sloganul tinerilor din asociatia Gipsy Eye este “luptam impotriva discriminarii prin arta si cultura”. Am inceput acest demers in anull 2007 o data cu infiintarea trupei de dans traditional rrom “Gipsy Eye”. Dupa luni de repetitii si sudoare trupa noastra a dansat pe ritmuri de fanfara de Ziua Internationala a rromilor starnind admiratia iesenilor. De atunci tinerii nostri dansatori au participat la festivaluri , evenimente culturale stradale, seminarii si campanii antidiscriminare unde mesajul lor a fost primit cu entuziasm. In present suntem peste 25 de voluntari care am acumulat experienta in lucrul cu alti tineri si am implementat proiecte sociale si educationale la nivel local. Tinerii nostri au fost implicati in foarte multe intalniri,workshopuri seminarii sau conferinte locale, nationale si internationale in care au fost dezabatute problemele rromilor. Deasemenea dansatorii nostri ofera cursuri de dans tiganesc tinerilor la Casa de Cultura a studentilor din Iasi si participam lunar la spectacole unde subliniem problemele rromilor. Ne bucuram de o notorietate din ce in ce mai mare la nivelul judetului Iasi si avem parteneri puternici in cadrul autoritatilor locale, in special din invatamant.

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