Murdoch reaffirms its commitment to ending racism March 21, 2013 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. Print This Post Media contact: Rob Payne Tel: (08) 9360-2491 | Mobile: | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General Tags: apartheid, australian human rights commission, casta tungaraza, harmony week, international day for the elimination of racial discrimination, racism it stops with me, sharpeville massacre, un, united nations Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!