2022 Theme: Voices for action against racism
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) marks the beginning of a week-long show of solidarity with peoples who continue to struggle against the injustice, impact and stigma of racism and racial discrimination around the world, despite racist laws and practices having been abolished in many countries.
The IDERD is observed annually on the day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 black South Africans in Sharpeville, South Africa at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid-era “pass laws”.
This year’s theme Voices for action against racism aims to encourage people everywhere to:
- strengthen and consolidate their voices against racism
- mobilise against all forms and manifestations of racial discrimination and injustice
- ensure a safe environment for those who speak up.
The United Nations Observance page has more information and related resources.