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The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is globally observed to raise awareness about the negative consequences of racial discrimination and to promote tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in all nations worldwide. This day is also dedicated to fostering a global culture of tolerance, equality, and anti-discrimination, encouraging people to stand up against racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes. Reinforcing the importance of human rights, the observance also advances the ongoing efforts towards achieving a world free from discrimination.
For South Africa, a country historically marred by racial discrimination, this day holds particular significance. Following the decades-long oppressive system of Apartheid, where people were categorized and separated along racial lines, this UN observance serves as a critical reminder of the journey towards racial equality and unity. It allows South Africans to reflect on their history, while focusing on creating a non-racial society that respects and values diversity. The Day also aligns with the principles of South Africa's constitution, one of the most progressive globally, that ensures right to equality and prohibits racial discrimination.
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed every year on the 21st of March in South Africa, just as it is worldwide. The day commemorates the 1960 Sharpeville massacre where 69 black anti-apartheid protestors were killed by police. In South Africa, the date is additionally observed as Human Rights Day, enforcing their national commitment to the eradication of racism and discrimination, promoting equality and social cohesion. Various activities are organized including educational events, campaigns, workshops, and seminars engaging different sectors of society to reinforce the core message of racial harmony and unity.
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