March 21st marked the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Newham Council hosted an event to mark the day with an exciting Q&A followed by poetry and choir performances. The Q&A included Luljeta Nuzi (Shpresa Programme) Dean Francis (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) lead for the Sussex Mindfulness Centre) and Solomon Yebyo (Project Manager Red Sea Tigrigna Supplementary School). With speakers including Althea Loderick, Chief Executive Newham Council. The event was hosted by Zita Holbourne, the award winning community & human rights campaigner and activist.

The 2022 edition of the International Day focused on the theme “VOICES FOR ACTION AGAINST RACISM”. This edition aimed to highlight the importance of strengthening meaningful and safe public participation and representation in all areas of decision-making to prevent and combat racial discrimination; reaffirming the importance of full respect for the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and of protecting civic space; and recognising the contribution of individuals and organisations that stand up against racial discrimination and the challenges they face.