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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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The GSE Diversity and Inclusion Action Group (DIAG) would like to bring your attention to International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is observed annually on the day the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid 'pass laws' in 1960.

The theme for 2021 is ‘Youth standing up against racism'. It engages the public through #FightRacism, which aims to foster a global culture of tolerance, equality and anti-discrimination, and calls on every one of us to stand up against racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes.

It is important racism is discussed and addressed and the need for the elimination of racial discrimination is as vital now as it was 60 years ago.

The GSE Diversity and Inclusion Action Group is committed to championing intervention to improve equality, diversity, and inclusion across the science and engineering professions within Government. We are actively working to identify interventions, through our work to deliver the actions outlined in the GSE Strategy, to remove barriers which prevent our members from achieving their full potential.

In recognition of this work, the Civil Service Race Forum and the BEIS Faith and Minority Ethnic Network are organising a virtual event entitled “COVID-19 vaccines hesitancy in BAME communities” which takes place tomorrow, Friday 19 March, 12:00-13:30. You can sign up here.

Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment will give a talk reflecting on the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines development, while there will be a range of other diverse speakers who will share different perspectives: from an academic view on traditional vaccine hesitancy in BAME communities, to professional reflections on policy development, and experience on the frontline of the healthcare response. Colleagues will also their experiences of receiving the vaccine while there will be some reflections from a faith perspective. BEIS Permanent Secretary Sarah Munby will deliver opening remarks.

We are confident you will come away informed and inspired and we look forward to welcoming you along.


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