ABOUT ANTI-Racism Month
March is an important month for both Irish and global Anti-Racism Movements due to various international celebrations focusing on combating racism and celebrating diversity taking place:
- 21 st March marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the most important day in every anti-racist’s calendar. On that day in 1960, the Apartheid regime’s police opened fire and killed 69 Black people at a peaceful demonstration for equality and against apartheid laws in Sharpeville, South Africa. Since this date has been declared, in remembrance of the harmful impact of racism on individuals and communities, people across the globe on that day show their opposition to racism and solidarity with those affected by it. Every year the day has a different focus to mark the most burning anti-racism issue.
- The week leading to 21st of March marks the European Action Week Against Racism celebrated annually under different slogans.
- Additionally to the above dates, the week following 21st March marks the UN Week of Solidarity with the People Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination.
Every year, throughout March, thousands of people, not just in Ireland, but all across the EU and the globe come together to promote and celebrate equal rights and diversity. INAR and our Network Members coordinate and celebrate not only the important dates listed above, but a full month packed with events and activities focused on anti-racism, interculturalism, diversity and equality. Every year INAR publishes a national Events Calendar covering the month of March where you can add your event, check what’s happening in your area and across the country and join anti-racism events, campaigns and actions.
INAR encourages its Members, Supporters and other organisations to join the celebrations by organising their own events and activities each year throughout March.