This month I’m embarking on a personal journey which involves the platform I’ve dedicated much of my time and energies to developing (and thankfully it’s paying off!); I’m taking Diversity Matters to Ghana exploring the theme ‘The Returned’; a personal take on the African diaspora (re)connection to Africa, through a host of events, reflective writing and interviews!
We’re supporting BTWSC/African Histories Revisited – a pan-London voluntary organisation that delivers African history education and programmes, using the creative arts to develop potential, raise aspirations, and promote social inclusion – launch IDPAD awareness in Ghana.
International Decade For People of African Descent (IDPAD) 2015 – 2014 is mandated by the U.N General Assembly to support recognition, justice and development for people of African descent. It calls on States to develop concrete policy measures to promote full human rights for African people, in recognition that African people across the world face similar forms of discrimination as a result of slavery and colonialism. The Decade is an opportunity to push for the elimination of racism, racial and structural discrimination against Africans.
BTWSC/African Histories Revisited presents How Can IDPAD 2015-24 Work For Us?
14th October 2016, Accra Ghana
The United Nations declared 2015-2024 as the International Decade For People Of African Descent (IDPAD) under the theme of Recognition, Justice and Development. However how aware are Ghanaians of this initiative by the UN? And how can it be used for upliftment and development?
History consultant, community activist and former University of Westminster lecturer Kwaku is visiting Accra and will deliver a presentation on how to use IDPAD to empower ourselves, followed by a Question & Answer session.
The seminar, which will be introduced by elder statesman Dr KB Asante, offers an opportunity to better understand the IDPAD initiative and ways in which it can be implemented. Friday 14th October, 4.30pm to 6.30pm at the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Accra. FREE! All welcome – book now: www.bit.ly/IDPADGIJ
Back in UK next month, BTWSC/African Histories Revisited present an international conference in London taking place on Saturday Nov. 12, 1-4pm at Unite The Union Headquarters entitled Making The UN International Decade For People Of African Descent (IDPAD) Work For Us Conference. The conference offers individuals and African-led organisations, an opportunity to explore the range of objectives that can be carried forward in the implementation of IDPAD, and to hear about good practice from home and abroad. The importance of African history, and the promotion of the contributions of Africa and Africans to world civilisation is another plank highlighted within IDPAD. As is identity and language. In this respect, BTWSC/African Histories Revisited continues to deliver history programmes in and outside African History Month in London, as a means of correcting history and raising awareness of little known British and global African history. FREE. To book: www.bitly.com/IDPADObjectives
It falls upon civil society organisations to continue doing IDPAD-related work, whilst encouraging, and if necessary, shaming their governments to take seriously their responsibilities as UN members, by announcing their programme of activities and actions to deal with the issues raised by the IDPAD initiative.
For more on UN IDPAD visit: www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade
For more on BTWSC/African Histories Revisited visit: www.africanhistoryplus.eventbrite.com
I’ll be doing a #InstaTakeOver on the Diversity Matters Instagram page – be sure to follow my journey this month at @DiversityMattersUK #TheReturned #DiversityMattersInGH and follow the blog for my reflective account of “The Returned” throughout October!
Special thanks to BTWSC/African Histories Revisited, BBM/BMC and UN.