International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Legislating for Equality, Social Justice and Development
Discrimination has no place in a just and equitable society. Yet, despite the progress in the fight against racial discrimination, it persists in many parts of the world, particularly in Africa. Discrimination violates human rights. It also hinders social and economic development by creating inequality and exclusion.
We at African Renaissance calls upon all to remember as we observe the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we must call upon legislators to dedicate their efforts and our region’s resources to eliminate discrimination to ensure equality, social justice and promote development especially in communities that are marginalized.
The African region is home to a range of cultures, traditions and languages. However, those seeking to divide and discriminate against others exploit this diversity. Discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion or any other factor is unacceptable and must be eliminated! Legislators must take action to promote equality and social justice for all.
This can be done by passing and enforcing laws that prohibit discrimination in all areas of life, including education, employment, housing and healthcare. Legislators must also ensure that these laws are inclusive and protect the rights of all individuals, particularly those who are most vulnerable to discrimination. In addition, legislators must allocate resources to address the root causes of discrimination, including poverty, social exclusion and lack of access to education and healthcare. By investing in these areas, legislators can help promote social and economic development while also eliminating discrimination.
Ultimately, legislators must work with civil society organizations, community leaders, and other stakeholders to promote awareness and understanding of the harmful effects of discrimination. By engaging in dialogue and promoting tolerance and respect for diversity, legislators can help to create an inclusive, just and equitable society.
As we observe the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we call upon our leaders to dedicate their efforts and our region’s resources to eliminate discrimination to ensure equality, social justice and development. We must work together to create a world where discrimination is a thing of the past and a world where everyone can enjoy their rights and freedoms without fear of discrimination!