As our response to tackling racism in Ireland NYCI invites the youth work sector to examine the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD) Concluding Observations, and to suggest ways to utilise them to effectively combat racism in Ireland. Read more about the journey to this point, and how you can contribute below.
In March 2019, over 80 young people aged 16 to 24, from minority ethnic and religious backgrounds, came together to discuss their lived experiences of racism in Ireland. The Be Heard event was organised by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) in association with the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI).
The event was designed to capture young people’s experiences and include these in an IHREC report to the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (UNCERD). The IHREC report (along with INAR’s Shadow Report) informs the CERD Committee about gaps and failures by the Irish Government in tackling racism. UNCERD examined the Irish Governments progress on eliminating racial discrimination in December 2019.
The Be Heard event was creative and dynamic. It focussed on developing trust and supported young people to safely impart the depth and breadth of the racism they experience. Key to its success was the involvement of peer facilitators; young people, who had themselves experienced racial discrimination. Other key elements included drama that allowed young people to express and embody their experiences and discussions in the round that were co-designed by an expert facilitator together with the peer facilitators.
Following the UNCERD examination the CERD Committee made Concluding Observations, which gives a clear assessment of Ireland’s record on combatting racism, and sets out a list of key reforms and improvements needed.
NYCI invites the youth work sector to examine the Concluding Observations and to suggest ways to utilise them to effectively combat racism in Ireland.
If you have any thoughts on how we can do this we would welcome your ideas. Please email Anne Walsh email@example.com
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