Today is the international Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day. The purpose of the day is to remind people of how racial discrimination has serious negative consequences upon people’s lives. This is evident in the national and international news even today in 2018. It aims to encourage obligation and determination to decrease racial discrimination and strives to unite individuals despite their heritage, religion and decent.
This day of racial celebration was established six years after an event known as the Sharpeville Tragedy/ Massacre. On the 21st March 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people during a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa. The tragedy captured worldwide attention and was one of the contributing factors for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day being put in to place.
Now, on this date a range of events and activities are arranged to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination and xenophobia across the world. Previous events have included webcasts from the United Nations headquarters featuring UN Leaders, “Voices of Youth” which is UNICEF’s online bulletin board for young people to post their opinions (with people speaking from Jamaica, Kazakhstan and the Philippines) , and a range of creative projects such as essays, photo/ art projects and articles promoting equality and the fight against injustice.
This day is something which is very important to our hearts here at Iliffe Arts as our service includes individuals of all race, religions and varying backgrounds – including those who have physical disabilities, learning difficulties, and mental health issues. Iliffe Arts celebrates everyone’s unique qualities and strengths.
A lot of what we do – especially our CACH Project that empowers Children of African and Caribbean Heritage, to build resilience via positive expression and communication, promote positive self-efficacy and respect, embracing all cultures. Building all CACH kids aspirations, learning about the achievements of positive role models, to reach their full potential.
Iliffe Arts Ltd will continue to work and fight against all forms of racial intolerance, but we need your help to do it. You can help our cause in a range of ways from liking and sharing our social media pages to donating through our website.
To find out more about what we do, and why this day is so important to us visit our About Page at http://www.iliffearts.com
Have a great day
Iliffe Arts Team