Our sister Carmen López Arjona FI, from the community of Galicia (Spain), has just been awarded the Fundación Secretariado Gitano 2016 Individual Award, for a lifetime of commitment dedicated to promoting the advancement of Roma people and improving their conditions of life. The prize will be given on February 23 at 7:00 pm in an event to be held in Madrid at the Manuel de Falla Hall of the "Sociedad General de Autores" (SGAE).
The Fundación Secretariado Gitano Awards highlight the social, cultural or human work of people, work teams, entities or institutions of national or international scope related to progress in the social inclusion and welfare of Roma people, responding to the values and lines of work promoted by the Fundación Secretariado Gitano.
An external jury of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano - formed by José María Vera, director of Intermón Oxfam España; María González, director of Porticus Iberia; Luis Monge, Director of CSR at Banco Santander; Natalia Basterrechea, public affairs officer of Facebook Spain and Portugal; Mara Torres, writer, journalist and presenter of La2 News from RTVE; Pitingo, musician; and Valentín Suárez, Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano - has been in charge of the decision in this edition of the Awards.
The winners of this edition have been:
- "Solidaridad con G", collective modality: Amnesty International Europe, for its decisive and effective defense of the human rights of the Roma population in Europe.
- "Solidaridad con G", individual modality: Carmen López Arjona, for a lifetime of commitment dedicated to promoting the advancement of Roma people and improving their living conditions.
- "Comunica ‘Con Conciencia’", Pilar Távora, for her great contribution in the audiovisual media to make visible the reality of Roma people away from topics and stereotypes, showing their heterogeneity and cultural wealth.
- "Empresa Transformadora": Gestamp, for being a pioneer in opening to the Roma population a sector that offers youth a choice of quality work and a decent life alternative.
- "Educación es Futuro": CEIP [Colegio de Educación Infantil y Primaria - Primary and Secondary School] María Sanz de Sautuola de Santander, for its special attention to the diversity, quality and impact of its educational program and the promotion of coexistence.
- "Pere Giménez Pubill, Tío Peret": Manuel Heredia, for his commitment and impetus to the gypsy associative movement in Catalonia and his leadership capacity as a reference for gypsy and non-gypsy people.

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