AFMW is proud to affirm its commitment to ending racism on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. AFMW has joined forces with some of Australia’s leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGO’s to support the “Racism. It stops with me” campaign, which is being led by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The campaign emphasises the importance of taking a stand against racism whenever it happens. AFMW has pledged to undertake activities that aim to prevent racism in support of the campaign.
One in seven Australians said they had experienced discrimination because of their colour or background in 2011, a figure that has been increasing steadily in recent years. The International Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1966, to coincide with the date in 1960 when police killed 69 people in Sharpeville, South Africa at a peaceful protest against apartheid laws. The theme for the International Day in 2013 was “Racism and Sport”.
For more information about the ‘Racism: It Stops with Me’ campaign, or to find a range of anti-racism resources, go to: http://itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au/ or follow the campaign on Twitter @ItStopsWithMe.