VELEZ-MALAGA has thrown its hat into the ring by celebrating International Day against Racial Discrimination for the first time.
The day is observed in countries across the globe on March 21, and this year council members organised a stirring ceremony in the town hall to commemorate the date.
Social Services Councillor Zoila Martin spearheaded the event, and she was present along with members of the council. Various groups and individuals from the community showed up to get involved and have their voices heard.
The ceremony included an information stand as well as several speeches.
Representatives from different refugee groups including Malaga Acoge and Refugiados Bienvenidos read from different texts to emphasise that the issue of racial discrimination is alive and well today, perhaps more than ever, especially in the face of the huge amount of intercontinental migration that has taken place over the last year.
Martin made a plea against racial discrimination, calling it “a form of intolerance that is very damaging to the rights and freedoms of human beings.”
She also stressed that the council is working on various future initiatives that aim to promote equality among all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or any other factor.