The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights recently initiated five regional meetings as part of the awareness raising campaign for the International Decade for people of African descent. The meetings seek to focus on trends, priorities and challenges at the national and regional levels to effectively implement the Decade’s Programme of Activities as well as exchange of good practices.
A second regional meeting was held on 23-24 November 2017 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. It “provided an opportunity to reflect on ways and means that governments from Europe, Central Asia and North America in partnership with equality bodies, national human rights institutions, civil society, development agencies and regional organizations, may pursue to integrate the provisions of the Programmes of Activities in their policies, programmes and strategies tailored for people of African descent”.
In attendance were Member States, United Nations specialized agencies and bodies, regional organizations, national human rights institutions, equality bodies and civil society representatives, particularly people of African descent from the region. Tapepuka were among the civil society organisations from the UK invited as participants.
In her statement to both Recognition and Justice sections of the meeting, Chawapiwa Faith Muverengwi; founder and Executive Director of Tapepuka highlighted her organisation’s frontline experiences of systemic, structural and institutional Afri-phobic racism, discrimination and exclusion among other forms of intolerance. She also spoke about the lack of main stream media coverage of cases where government agencies through poor practices and outcomes fail to accord equality in dignity and rights for (Africans) people of African descent.
She therefore sent out a call to statutory bodies in the northern region of England and the rest of UK to integrate the provisions of the IDPAD framework –specifically the Programmes of Activities in their policies, programmes and strategies tailored for people of African descent.