The project “Early Marriage – Culture or Abuse?”


In compliance with one of the priorities of the call “violence linked to harmful practices” the main objectives of the project are focused on exploring the sociological aspect of the Roma view on early marriage, early detecting the problems in the Roma community as well as educating teachers, Roma representatives, experts in the field of social work, counselling and health care, NGO’s and the police on how to act as a mediator at the occurrence of early / forced marriage. Furthermore, education prevention programme will be developed to raise awareness among schoolchildren on topics such as reproductive health, cultural diversity, violence, peaceful resolution of conflicts.


The main target group are the members of the Roma community, especially parents. Their children, in particular girls of 12-14 years of age, are the main beneficiaries of these activities. The target group are also public services on the local level (schools, social services, health community centres, police and others) and NGO’s and Roma activists.


The project activities are going to be implemented in the period from January 2014 until September 2016.


The project partnership consists of four partners: People’s University of Kočevje (Lead partner) (SI), Development and Education Centre Novo mesto (SI), Amalipe Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance (BG), FormAzione Co&So Network – Consorzio scs (IT).