The colleagues of The Resilis Foundation write to us to explain how the event was held to celebrate International Day of Migrants, on December 17
“Catalan society is, has been and will be a diverse society, built from the continuous contribution of people from different backgrounds, cultures, religions and beliefs, sexual orientations or functional capacities”
On December 17, the International Day of Migrants was celebrated in an event organized by the Department of Labor, Social Affairs and Families, in the Palau de la Generalitat. The celebration revolved around highlighting the richness of diversity and the challenge posed by coexistence in diversity.
Several migrants who work and live in Barcelona participated in a round table explaining through their experience the challenges we face as a society to improve integration and representation in public life.
Highlighting the testimony of the Catalan journalist of African origin Betarice Duodu, currently visible face of news spaces in TV3, explained the lack of references of Catalans with different origins in public life, highlighting the underrepresentation of black women in this and other areas.
A manifesto where we adhere and vindicate point by point
The entities that are part of the permanent Table of Citizenship and Immigration of the Generalitat de Catalunya read a manifesto, shared by Resilis Foundation and the rest of the Educational Platform network that claimed that Catalan society is, has been and will be a diverse society, built from the continuous contribution of people from different backgrounds, cultures, religions and beliefs, sexual orientations or functional capacities. Similarly, the manifesto claims that:
Cultural diversity, diversity linked to the origin of people, cannot be linked to social and economic inequality.
That all people, whatever their personal or family migration background, must have the same rights and have the right to the same educational, employment, access to housing, culture, sport, or leisure opportunities.
That the diversity that we live in the streets of our neighborhoods, towns and cities, in the classrooms and in the markets, must also be present in public spaces, especially those that have a reference function such as the media, professional and academic fields, economic and social agents, public administrations and political institutions.
That Catalan society ensures the respect of the rights of all citizens regardless of their origin and denounces their violation, avoiding discrimination and attacks by racists, making available the tools to deal with them.
The event was entertained by musical performances by Baishali Sakar and Adi Mahler.