Every 21 March is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, first proclaimed by the UN in 1966. This year, today’s observances fall within the Action Week Against Racism 2013, an initiative of UNITED for Intercultural Action, the pan-European, 48-country network against nationalism, racism and fascism and in support of migrants and refugees.
The theme for the Action Week Against Racism (16-24 March) is Who Says We Don’t Fit Together? Value Diversity!
As part of our human rights mission and in partnership with UNITED, it is our hope at aditus foundation & JRS Malta that public and private organisations and individuals in Malta will reflect and act immediately upon the lasting need to end racism everywhere, in all its forms.
“We ask that adults take the lead in speaking to children and youth about racism, that it may become a vital subject in our homes and schools. We ask that adults of all races and origins be good examples to one another with respect to ensuring the fundamental human rights of all persons, irrespective of race.
We ask that children and youth talk to their peers, parents, guardians and teachers about accepting and embracing the racial diversity that they see all around them.” Dr. Neil Falzon, Director, aditus foundation & Dr. Katrine Camilleri, JRS Malta.