Terms of Reference (TOR) for Expert/Team of experts to conduct a national research on antigypsysim in Kosovo
1Terms of Reference (TOR) for Expert/Team of experts to conduct a national research on antigypsysimin Kosovo1.Description of the intervention1.1 Context:Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian people are trapped in a vicious cycle of exclusion. They do not enjoy their rights and lack opportunity, without adequate health, social protection and care. They are not empowered to be part of societal decision making. All of these are sustained by discrimination and antigypsyism which leads to disengagement, demotivation and disinterest -again reinforcing exclusion.
1.2 Overall Goal of the Project: To create a truly multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society in Kosovo, where Roma people are treated as equals, with access to the same opportunities as everyone else, and where Roma people know their rights and their responsibilities and are empowered to exercise those rights.A Kosovo where Roma are in decent employment in both public and private sector, working with dignity to provide for their families. Where they have access and make use of decent quality public infrastructure, and where services are available and accessible locally. A Kosovo where health outcomes are improving and life expectancy for Roma people is improving. A Kosovo where Roma women are less oppressed and under-represented in education and employment and in other spheres of life. Where Roma women are more empowered.
1.3 Purposeand objectivesAntigypsyism permeates across society and has an impact on the lives, the opportunities and the social and economic inclusion of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian people. As with elsewhere in Europe antigypsyism is historically rooted, also in Kosovo. The lack of knowledge about the history of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian people and their culture, and widespread unconsciousness about essentialist and stigmatising concepts, are some of the main drivers of antigypsyism in Kosovo today. The Consortium, supported by current EU thinking, believes that antigypsyism should be both a strategic objective of this project and a transversal theme running through all priorities and actions. Therefore, the purpose of this consultancy is to conduct a comprehensive national research regarding the phenomenon of antigypsyism in Kosovo in order to explain how antigypsyism is rooted and how it is manifested in the society.It aims to measure the perception of the general population towards Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities, the level of discrimination these communities perceive themselves as well as their trust on public institutions.Second, the purpose is also to identify and understand the prevailing discriminatory policies and social norms of antigypsyism in Kosovo. Furthermore, it aims also to identify the potentials to fight antigypsyismat both levels, policy and social norms. The research will serve as a baseline and instrument for future studies and comparison in this field -to monitorchanges in attitudes over a period of time. Second, it will also serve as an advocacy tool to improve policies and institutions in recognizing and combating antigypsyism.