Message from Ms. Tamara Cummings-John The past two years have been quite a whirlwind for UNPAD as an organization. We've had numerous wonderful opportunities to make meaningful changes and share our expertise but also some unexpected changes which has left us all somewhat unsettled. As our Founder, Ms. Lanla Kamara steps down as President, taking the reins as Interim President until we hold elections with our members is bittersweet for me. I am honoured to take on such a important role but also mindful of the enormity of UNPAD's mandate and the expectations that have been placed on us. A lot [...]
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By Kira Hudson Bank and Richard Harvey At many companies, there is a disconnect between public statements or commitments to fight racism and the daily employee experience. To adequately respond to the current uprisings, leaders must reckon with the Black experience inside their workplaces. Acknowledge that whether intended or not, Black employees have experienced harm in the form of discrimination and racism. Be specific about the actions you’ll take to remedy that harm. Encourage managers to deal with the discomfort of talking about and addressing these issues. And hold your organization accountable. Articulate how progress will be tracked and communicated [...]
September 26, 2016 On September, 26th , 2016, UN-PAD hosted an event at the ECOSOC Chamber, United Headquarters, New York to mark the launching of this important initiative. Speakers at the event included Ambassador Rhonda King, Ambassador/Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, (whom in conjunction with her government have been leading advocates for the establishment of the Decade for People of African Descent); Ms. Luislinda Dias de Valois Santo, Special Secretary for the Promotion of Racial Equality, Government of Brazil; Ms. Yrthya Dinzey Flores, Executive Director, Corporate Social Responsibility & Diversity, Time Warner Company; Ms. Alison [...]
By Vendy Adams via News americas now News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 24, 2020: The media in Latin America has condemned the racial injustice in the U.S. and the ongoing civil rights violations. The newspapers have reported extensively on the murder of George Floyd and the protests since then. However, they are largely quiet about racism and segregation in Latin America. In one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the world, people may have the idea they live in racial democracy, but the facts do not support this. Race still plays a role in determining the chances many [...]