Based on the results of a needs-assessment, the Tom Lantos Institute developed a training series for Roma women’s organisations aimed at strengthening existing initiatives and facilitating the participation of Roma women in public life. The first series of training sessions was held in 2018 and focused on improving participants’ communication, advocacy and community-building skills.
The training sessions in 2019 centred on organisational development, strategy building, project planning and fundraising. The first training event was held on 27 and 28 April on strategic management, including missions, visions and goals, which informed the development of participants’ own action strategies. The second training session took place on 10 and 11 May, and provided an introduction to project planning and management. The third training event on 24 and 25 May focused on fundraising and proposal writing skills.
Following the trainings, participants designed and implemented their own projects with support from TLI through a professional mentor programme.