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UN and the Brazilian Government to launch the International Decade for People of African Descent
 
    
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The launch will be at the opening of the Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean Womens Festival, in Brasilia, On Wednesday, July 22, at 6.30pm.

22 July 2015/ UNESCO Office in Brasilia

At the event of the Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean Womens Festival the International Decade for People of African Descent will officially be launched in Brazil, which will be attended by the resident coordinator of the United Nations System in Brazil, Jorge Chediek, the federal secretary for Policies Promoting Racial Equality, Nilma Lino Gomes, and other authorities.

A promotional vignette of the International Decade for People of African Descent, which will precede all the films at the festival, will be presented along with the platform for the Decade - www.decada-afro-onu.org where people can access all information on the International Decade for People of African descent, including videos, photos, news and events, both in Brazil and several other countries.

With the theme of "Recognition, Justice and Development", the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the period 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent. Its main objective is to promote respect, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by people of African descent, as recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Decade is also an opportunity to recognize the significant contribution made by people of African descent to our societies and to propose concrete measures to promote their full inclusion and to combat all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance of any kind.

The Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean Womens Festival (Latinidades Festival) taking place at Cine Brasilia from 22 to 26 July - is the largest Black Women's Festival in Latin America. This year's theme is Black Cinema. It aims to discuss the role and portrayal of Black women in cinema, placing them at the heart of discussions on audio-visual public policy.

Watch the special post of the Decade (in Portuguese)

About the International Decade for People of African Descent Details

Launch of the International Decade for People of African Descent

July 22, 2015 6.30pm

Cine Braslia EQS 106/107 Asa Sul Braslia, DF


Agenda: www.afrolatinas.com.br/programacao

About the Latinidades Festival

In its eighth year, the Latinidades Festival raises important themes related to overcoming gender and racial inequality, putting Black culture in the Diaspora to the fore. Organized in the Federal District, the Festival was created in 2008 to celebrate Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean Womens Day, July 25. The project believes that culture is a strategic and mobilizing opportunity to discuss critical topics and employs several art forms, education and training, entrepreneurship, creative economics, and communication.

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