Bucharest, June 30, 2021: easyECO Association opened INTERSECT, the first intersectional community center in Bucharest, located in 24 Arcului St., which offers an integrated package of education, information, counseling and support measures for people from disadvantaged communities.
INTERSECT – The Intersectional Community Center is a project developed by easyECO Association in partnership with E-Romnja Association with the financial support of the Active Citizens Fund Romania, programme funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants. The aim of the project is to increase inclusion and empower vulnerable groups in disadvantaged communities in Bucharest, facing multiple discriminations (economic, ethnic, age, gender, sexual orientation etc.).
The free activities hosted by the INTERSECT Community Center include art workshops for talented children and young people, who will receive material support and mentoring for artistic creations and performances, which will be presented to the public at the INTERSECT Festival, held annually in September, starting this year.
Adolescents and young people will be able to attend weekly personal development workshops and will be sustained by ongoing career support, specialist counseling, the access to processing and printing their CV and searching for jobs online, as well as in face-to-face meetings with employers, at the community center, during the biannual Job, Qualification and Training Fair.
The INTERSECT community center is also aimed at supporting adults, offering them the opportunity to get involved in various activities within an awareness and empowerment campaign in community organization and construction, community leadership for Roma women, in the field of human rights and anti-discrimination, as well as to participate in a series of community consultation and coagulation events (community lunches, cultural evenings, etc.).
The free services offered at the center include psychological and reproductive health counseling, but also material support, all participants in the project activities having access to the KOMBINAT Store, a free-shop type help space aimed at preserving personal dignity, whre all available products (clothes, toiletries, groceries, etc.), coming from donations, are offered for free.
To register for activities or to schedule an appointment for the free services, people who are at risk of poverty or in situations of vulnerability can call the dedicated telephone number – 0741445302 or they can come directly to the center between 10.00-16.00, from Monday to Friday.
About Active Citizens Fund Romania
The Active Citizens Fund Romania programme is funded through the EEA Grants 2014-2021. The overall objective of the Grants is to reduce economic and social disparities, and to
strengthen bilateral relations between 15 beneficiary countries and the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The programme is administered by a consortium composed of Civil Society Development Foundation, Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation, Resource Center for Roma Communities, PACT Foundation and Frivillighet Norge, acting as Fund Operator designated by FMO – Financial Mechanism Office of the EEA and Norway Grants. The objectives of the Active Citizens Fund Romania are to strengthen civil society and active citizenship and to empower vulnerable groups. With a total allocation of 46,000,000 euro, the programme pursues a long-term development of the civil society sector sustainability and capacity, stepping up its role in promoting democratic participation, active citizenship and human rights, while strengthening bilateral relations with organizations from the Donor States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. For more information about the Active Citizens Fund in Romania, please go to http://www.activecitizensfund.ro. For more information about the EEA and Norway Grants, go to www.eeagrants.org.
About easyECO Association
easyECO Association, established in 2006 and legally reorganized in 2017, aims, through its three main directions, Education, Communities, Opportunities, to facilitate access to formal and non-formal education and to support the rights of disadvantaged communities and minorities, by creating real opportunities for integration and development and through the awareness of their issues by society, institutions and other decision makers. For more information about the association and projects visit www.easyeco.org.
About E-Romnja Association
E-Romnja, founded in 2012, is a Roma, apolitical and non-profit feminist organization that fights for the rights of Roma girls and women. E-Romnja fights for the respect, integrity and dignity of Roma women. The aim of the association is to fight so that the image of Roma women reflects the diversity and reality of their lives and to make visible their involvement in society and in the community. For more information about the association and projects, visit https://e-romnja.ro.
Information and Communication Expert, EasyECO Association