Cumann na Daoine

A community based organisation in Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Anti-Racism Month 2021: find out more and get involved!

Anti-Racism Month 2021 #ARM2021 is here! Throughout March the Irish Network Against Racism (INAR), together with members & friends, will be marking & celebrating various anti-racism days & events. Get involved, add your event & see what’s on here:

More events will be added soon. Watch this space!

Every year, March is an important month for Irish and global anti-racism movements due to various national and international celebrations and commemoration days taking place, which focus on combating racism and celebrating diversity.

21st March marks the most important day in every anti-racist’s calendar. On that day in 1960, the Apartheid regime’s police opened fire and killed 69 Black people at a peaceful demonstration for equality and against apartheid laws in Sharpeville, South Africa. This date has since been declared the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination when the people across the globe show their opposition to racism and solidarity with those affected by it and in remembrance of the harmful impact of racism on individuals and communities.

Since this date has been declared, people across the globe on that day show their opposition to racism and solidarity with those affected by it. Every year the day has a different focus to mark the most burning anti-racism issue.

Apart from Anti-Racism Day, other important events and celebrations are taking place throughout March. Irish Traveller Ethnicity Day opens the month on the 1st of March. It marks the anniversary of the formal recognition of the Travellers’ ethnicity in 2017 while celebrating their culture and heritage. The annual European Action Week Against Racism is also taking place in March, however exact dates and the 2021 theme are yet to be announced. Additionally, the week following 21st March marks the UN Week of Solidarity with the People Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination.