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Human Rights Day 2019

Posted by Amina Addow on Mar 21, 2019 11:58:04 AM
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Our South African office is a huge part of our company and the culture we have at bOnline. March 21st marks South African Human Rights Day in remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre.

This year, the country commemorates the holiday under the theme: “The Year of Indigenous Languages: Promoting and Deepening a Human Rights Culture”.

Background

The Sharpeville massacre saw 69 Pan Africanist Congress sympathisers killed during an anti-pass laws protest.

Although it took over 30 years for democratic South Africa to form it was momentous and saw previous segregation sympathisers in Sharpeville change their beliefs.

The moment signalled a movement of protest and fight for equality against the apartheid and anti-pass laws.

Over the years the fight had found a new platform which grew to be strong, relentless and unstoppable.

Celebrations

Many South Africans celebrate this day by remembering the struggles of the past and that they now have a constitution that protects their rights.

Furthermore, today serves as a reminder that all people are entitled to basic human rights regardless of race, gender or sexuality.

This Human Rights Day, let’s look back at the struggles and celebrate those who campaigned for a fairer South Africa. Let's continue to highlight prejudices and struggles and continue to campaign to achieve equal rights for all.

At bOnline, we’re proud to champion diversity and equality. We wish all of those who celebrate this holiday a safe and fantastic time!

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