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The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed every year on 21 March.
From the Background information:
, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid "pass laws". Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination (resolution 2142 (XXI)) (PDF, 177 kBytes).
In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a Programme of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (A/RES/34/24) (PDF, 371 kBytes). On that occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on 21 March, would be organized annually in all States.
Since then, the apartheid system in South Africa has been dismantled. Racist laws and practices have been abolished in many countries, and we have built an international framework for fighting racism, guided by the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Convention is now nearing universal ratification, yet still, in all regions, too many individuals, communities and societies suffer from the injustice and stigma that racism brings.
18th annual commemoration of the
UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
for the entire Waterloo Region
Open to everyone!
at Kitchener City Hall
- we start with indigenous prayer, O Canada and greetings from dignitaries
- morning – focus on students from public, Catholic and private schools
- afternoon – open interactive roundtable and panel discussions, documentaries
- the meaning of being indigenous to a land
- what is race? why racism?
- youth identity
- open for more suggestions and speakers
Open invitation to all artists . . . music, drama, spoken word / poetry, dance, visual … and crafts, fashion show ???
CROSS CULTURES has been working on a MUTUAL RESPECT campaign
and last year we unveiled the prototype for what we hope will be completed by March 21st for a monument to be placed at the clock tower entrance of Victoria Park ..
This event is always a work in progress, and we would love to hear from you !