South Dublin County Council marks European Action Week Against Racism

by Padraig Conlon

European Action Week Against Racism is currently being marked by activities all around Europe to combat racism and prejudice, bringing people with diverse backgrounds and stories face to face.

Coordinated by UNITED for Intercultural Action, the pan-European network of antiracist NGOs, this annual campaign sees civil society groups, educational institutions and city governments come together to protest against racism and stand up for inclusive European societies.

Since 1992, the Action Week Against Racism has been organised around 21 March – anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa, which was recognised by the UN as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination a few years later.

In view of the far-reaching political and societal consequences of extremist ideologies, the Action Week is taking place this year under the slogan “Time To Be United”, and highlighting activities that focus on face-to-face meetings, confronting diverse backgrounds and points of view.

To mark European Week Against Racism (16 March – 24 March 2019) locally the Social Inclusion Unit in South Dublin County Council’s Community Services Department held a children and adults art competition asking entrants to respond to the theme “Time to be United” through poetry, prose, art or photography.

The competition aims to combat racism, celebrate diversity and promote the social inclusion of people living in Ireland today.

By entering the competition, it is hoped the Social Inclusion Unit would create awareness of European Action Week Against Racism and give children and adults a platform to discuss what racism means to them.

Over 200 entries were received for the competition and a prize-winning ceremony for the winning entries will be hosted by the Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Mark Ward on Wednesday 10 April 2019.

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