Celebrate Diversity Campaign
"Overcoming racism compels us to address public policies and private attitudes that perpetuate it. On this International Day, I call on Member States, international and non-governmental organizations, the media, civil society and all individuals to engage meaningfully in the promotion of the International Year for People of African descent – and to work together against racism whenever and wherever it occurs."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day for the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2011
March 21 is known as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In 1966, the United Nations General Assembly called on the International Community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination. It is now time to consider how racial discrimination impacts our lives, and how cultural diversity enriches them. This year, we would like to Celebrate Diversity in very simple ways because we believe that by doing these basic things, we recommit ourselves to the elimination of discrimination.
On Wednesday, March 21 at 12 noon, we are offering the Welcome Centre located at 237 Central Avenue North, as a place to meet and have lunch with someone new.
Bring your lunch over here, let’s sit and talk and enjoy each other’s company. Coffee or tea is on us.
But where ever you are on that day, whether at home, school, work, or anywhere in the community, please greet someone you don’t know and offer a smile or a handshake. We enjoin the different establishments and other places of work, worship, and learning to promote diversity especially on this day, March 21. There are many other things you can do on your own like read a book or watch a movie about another culture, ask a friend from another culture to teach you something about their culture, dine in an ethnic restaurant, talk to new students or co-workers from a different culture, discuss local or international issues on diversity with friends, or host a multi-cultural potluck. Celebrate Diversity in the way you know best.
SW Newcomer Welcome Centre and partner organizations Southwest Multicultural Association, International Women of SC, Filipino Association and the Hispanic Community