UN and Brazil unveil International Decade for People of African Descent

The goal is to promote respect and the protection of people of African

Published in 22/07/2015 - 09:16 By Agência Brasil - Brasília

The United Nations (UN) and the Brazilian government unveil Wednesday (22) in Brazil the International Decade for People of African Descent, which will last until 2024. The launch is set to take place during the opening ceremony of Festival for Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean Women, also referred to as Festival Latinidades, in Brasília.

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The purpose of the initiative is to promote respect and the protection of people of African descentArquivo/Agência Brasil

According to the UN, the purpose of the initiative is to promote respect and the protection of people of African descent, as well as the enforcement of their freedoms as guaranteed by the Declaration of Human Rights. The launch will be announced by the head of the presidency's Secretariat for Racial Equality Promotion Policy, Minister Nilma Gomes, and by UN Resident Coordinator for Brazil Jorge Chediek.

The festival is the biggest event dedicated to black women in Latin America. It was created in 2008 to celebrate Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean Women’s Day, established on July 25. This year's theme is Black Cinema.

Among the participants at the festival are singers Elza Soares, Tássia Reis, and Folakemi; Professor Yava Blay, from the University of Drexel; American award-winning screenwriter and TV, theater, and film producer Kathleen McGhee Anderson; and the theater group Os Crespos. The schedule for the event can be found at www.afrolatinas.com.br.


Additional information was provided by Radioagência Nacional.


Translated by Fabrício Ferreira


Fonte: UN and Brazil unveil International Decade for People of African Descent

Edition: Talita Cavalcante / Augusto Queiroz

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