It’s the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination— here are 4 links to help tackle racism

21 March 2018

Fundamental to human rights is the fact that they exist for everyone, as Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms.

And Article 2 of the Declaration says we’re all entitled to the rights it sets out, regardless of any aspect of who we are.

This principle – that rights should be enjoyed without discrimination – is one that’s echoed in Article 2 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child .

But racism, xenophobia and intolerance are problems prevalent in all societies, including here in Scotland.

They’re problems we can stand up to every day.

But they’re also problems that are serious enough to have a day that’s dedicated to eliminating them.

If you want to play a part in doing that, the links below might be useful.


The UN’s page for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

The official UN page for the Day has a lot of information, including resources and details around how it came to be.

EHRC: Race discrimination

The Equality and Human Rights Commission works for everyone, including children and young people.

A lot of their work revolves around the Equality Act (2010) . The parts of this Act that refer to race apply to everyone in the UK, regardless of their age. You can learn what the act says about race discrimination here.

See Me Scotland: Protection from discrimination

See Me Scotland has more information about how you can be protected against discrimination by the Equality Act 2010, whether that’s race discrimination or another kind covered by the Act.

Young Scot: 8 ways to help beat racism

Young Scot has eight simple tips to help combat racism in your own life.