International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21st
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recognizes that the injustices and prejudices fueled by racial discrimination take place every day. Observed annually on March 21st, it commemorates the day police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960.
In Canada, this date is an opportunity to reflect on the fact that while progress has been made, Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities and religious minorities continue to face racism and discrimination every day. It’s also a day to recommit our efforts to combat all forms of racial discrimination, injustice, systemic racism and hate to ensure a world where everyone is respected, safe, and has equitable opportunities to contribute meaningfully to all aspects of society.
The United Nations proclaimed the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in 1966. Every year, March 21st is recognized as a day where the international community can come together in an effort to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.
Racism, xenophobia and intolerance are problems prevalent in all societies. But every day, each and every one of us can stand up against racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes. Be a human rights champion.
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