Murdoch reaffirms its commitment to ending racism

March 21, 2013

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Murdoch University is proud to affirm its commitment to ending racism on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21.

The University has joined forces with some of Australia’s leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGOs to support the 'Racism. It stops with me.' campaign, which is being led by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

According to Dr Casta Tungaraza, Murdoch's Manager of Gender Equity, Diversity and Social Justice, the campaign emphasises the importance of taking a stand against racism whenever it happens.

"One in seven Australians said they had experienced discrimination because of their colour or background in 2011, a figure that has been increasing steadily in recent years," Dr Tungaraza said.

“Murdoch stands firmly against racism and is committed to building a dynamic and diverse workforce. We will work systematically with the University community to raise awareness of racism and implement anti-racism strategies in education and employment.

"Our researchers will continue to work with government, businesses, communities and NGOs to find lasting solutions to this complex problem."

The International Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1966 to coincide with the date in 1960 when police killed 69 people in Sharpeville, South Africa at a peaceful protest against apartheid laws.

In Australia, the commemoration of the day is always preceded by Harmony Week celebrations that end on 21 March, a date that marks the United Nations (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Harmony Week encourages everyone to experience, explore and appreciate Australia’s wealth of cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity.

In Western Australia, Harmony Week runs from 15-21 March.

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