Event: Time to Dismantle Racism!
The senseless killing of George Floyd has sparked the debate on Racism. The Durban Declaration 2000 acknowledged manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance based on slave trade and colonisation which Africans and people of African descent continue to be victims of. One of the reasons why AkiDwA was established 19 years ago was due the experiences of racism and discrimination which our founding members and their families and friends were experiencing at the time. AkiDwA has worked hard over the last two decades supporting women, speaking out, communicating with policy maker, presenting lived experiences of migrant women and providing suggestions on how racism can be combatted. Unfortunately, there has been lack of political will and commitment to address this problem.
While the unfortunate killing of George Floyd need to be debated, Ireland is presented with an opportunity to prioritise our own approach to racism. The objective of this conference is to provide a platform where experts, policy makers, allies, indigenous and migrant community can articulate a way forward. The outcome of this conference will help AkiDwA to improve lobbying strategies on this issue.
The day will be chaired by Emily Logan, Adjunct Professor at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, joined by Ashimedua Okonkwo, Solicitor and Chair of the AkiDwA board, Niall Crowley, Equality & Diversity Specialist, Ivana Bacik, Senator and Salome Mbugua, Head of Operations & Strategy at AkiDwA.