The term discrimination was widely used in European and Slovak public discourse, particularly concerning the access of segregated communities to the labor market, quality housing, healthcare, and education. However, there was a lack of relevant data to accurately describe and explain this situation and develop effective solutions in public policies. The introduction of the term “antigypsyism” highlighted the specific hatred and racial bias towards individuals with Roma nationality. This project aimed to address these issues and create an “Index of Discrimination” for Roma communities, contributing to the identification and elimination of practical barriers hindering their inclusion in public policies. The project’s objective was to develop a tool capable of localizing, identifying, and providing recommendations to eliminate or reduce discrimination against the Roma community in Slovakia. The Index of Discrimination would help identify both formal and informal, as well as institutional and individual discrimination, shedding light on the underlying reasons. It would also address societal stereotypes held by both the minority and majority populations.
The project aimed to achieve its goal by creating the Index of Discrimination, which would uncover specific barriers to inclusion from various perspectives. By identifying hidden obstacles and offering concrete measures and recommendations for public policies and relevant stakeholders, the project aimed to foster a more inclusive society.