Breaking barriers: An analytical report on Roma children and women

A summary of findings from four MICS surveys in Roma settlements in Kosovo (UNSCR 1244), Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia

Zorica Dimic, 42, a visiting nurse, checks up on children at a 'non-hygienic settlement' on Patrijarha Dimitrija street, on March 14, 2016, in Belgrade, Serbia.
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This report provides an overview of selected findings from the sixth round (2018–2020) of Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) conducted in Roma settlements in Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia. It focuses on Roma children and women, aiming to track progress and highlight disparities within the Roma community compared to the national average. The reference to ‘Roma’, as an umbrella term, encompasses a wide range of different people of Romani origin and groups such as Ashkali, Egyptians and Roma.

The analytical report leverages the MICS surveys to track the progress of Roma children and women within the specific Child Rights Monitoring (CRM) framework. Some of the framework’s sub-domains have been excluded because of a lack of indicators.

*All references to Kosovo should be understood to be in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999). 

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