Equalities Partnership Marks International Human Rights Day

Back row from left: Frank Morgan (DG Voice), Iain Campbell (LGBT Plus). Front: Yen Hongmei (DGMA), Kerry Riddell (LGBT Youth), Claire Brown (TSDG).

Dumfries and Galloway Equalities Partnership is marking Human Rights Day this Tuesday (10th) with an online consultation to find out how the region can become a safer, more equal and inclusive place.

Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10 – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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This document proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

The region’s Equalities Partnership was created in July 2017 by four local organisations: DG Voice, Dumfries and Galloway Multicultural Association, Dumfries and Galloway LGBT Plus and LGBT Youth Scotland.

The Partnership sees these organisations work together towards a shared vision of the region as a place where diversity is respected, celebrated and everyone feels safe and included.

Since the Equalities Partnership was established, members have worked together to complement and support each other’s work, feed into strategic policy and plans for Dumfries and Galloway and identify opportunities to increase promotion of equality and diversity across the region.

They also work closely with the local authority and Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway to ensure that everyone’s rights are represented in the region.

The Partnership rotates coordination responsibilities between the member organisations.

Current coordinator, Frank Morgan of DG Voice, said: “When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was first adopted 70 years ago, the chair of the committee that drafted it said that ‘universal human rights begin in small places, close to home’. Our Partnership focuses on exactly this – the rights of people close to home in the region.” “We are very keen to find out more about peoples’ experiences and better understand what we can do to ensure a more equal and diverse region for everyone who lives here.”

For further information about the Dumfries and Galloway Equalities Partnership, contact Frank Morgan: [email protected] 01387 257770

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