International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an international holiday dedicated to the fight against discrimination. All people should be equal. Society should direct all its efforts to eliminate discrimination on the basis of race, nationality, religion, and other factors altogether. Eliminating discrimination is an important step toward social cohesion and reducing the number of wars to a minimum. The holiday is celebrated every year on March 21.
The history of the holiday begins in 1966, when it was established by the UN General Assembly. The date of the celebration (March 21) commemorates a terrible event that took place in 1960. At the time, there was a peaceful demonstration of Africans in the South African city of Sharpeville against forced passportization in South Africa. The security forces were ordered to disperse the rally. As a result of the radical measures, 69 Africans were killed.
The creation of the holiday aims to eradicate discrimination in any form. If this is not done, then the economic and social development of society will seriously slow down. All people should have equal rights and freedoms, and discrimination takes that away from them. It is necessary to build a society in which everyone can feel comfortable.
- Racism is one of the most common forms of discrimination. Throughout human history, it was mainly black people who had been slaves for a long time who were subjected to it. Many black movements (Black Press, for example) have helped to remedy the situation by restoring legal rights and freedoms to black people.
- Compared to the 19th century, the level of discrimination has decreased by more than 80%, but individual cases persist in society.
Learn more about the species diversity of the concept of discrimination. Organize anti-discrimination lectures in educational institutions or tell family/friends about the topic.
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When is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination celebrated in 2023?
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed on March 21 each year.