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Home > News > 2018 > March > Acknowledge tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect this Harmony Day - Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Acknowledge tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect this Harmony Day - Wednesday, 21 March 2018

HD-Logo_stacked-BLACKCHAIN.jpgHarmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home.

Held every year on 21 March, the Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The message of Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’, and aims to engage people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity, and foster a sense of belonging for everyone.

On Wednesday, 21 March 2018, IEUA-QNT Chapters are encouraged to support this year’s theme: Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination.

2018 focus: Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect

The United Nations theme: Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination highlights that every person is entitled to human rights without discrimination.

The rights to equality and non-discrimination are cornerstones of human rights law. Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Based on Article 2, everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Declaration.

Every day, each and every one of us can stand up against racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in December 2018. The need to fight racism and stand up for human rights is as important as ever.

Our union together with the Queensland Teachers’ Union play an active role in Teachers for Refugees and People Seeking Asylum (TRAPSA). This year TRAPSA promotes participation in Harmony Day by wearing orange to demonstrate support for cultural diversity, an inclusive Australia and to encourage mutual respect.

Chapter action

IEUA-QNT Chapters are encouraged to mark Harmony Day on Wednesday, 21 March by wearing orange, holding a special Harmony Day morning tea and registering your event.

Members are encouraged to email photographs of your event to communications@qieu.asn.au for inclusion in our union’s publications and social media. To obtain resources visit the Harmony Day website.

Topics : Human Rights

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.