Following the United Nation declaration of 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (resolution 68/237), Radio Afrika TV and its partners organize a round table together with art performances to raise awareness on the need for greater RECOGNITION of people of African descent and Black Europeans in Austria.
When: 3rd November 2016 – 5:00 to 9:30 pm
Where: Presseclub Concordia – Bankgasse 8, A-1010 Vienna
Languages: English and German
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What is Afrophobia?
In 2014/2015, the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) published the Afrophobia Shadow Report which pointed out that proper data on people with African descent (PAD) living in Austria are still missing, a real barrier to conduct census on “afrophobia”: “the latest estimates by the Austrian Statistical Office (2015) state that there are 55,000 people originating from Africa living in the country. However, this information only includes people migrating to Austria from an African country and doesn’t include Black Europeans with African heritage.” Despite the Austrian government’s emphasis “on the fight against racism and xenophobia”, only 7.3% of the Austrian population have a positive image of Africans, whereas 58.7% see African people in a negative way.
Past discussions & news ideas
In 2015, onthe occasion of thestartof theUNDecadefor PAD, Radio Afrika TV organized an event during which ENAR’s Book “Invisible visible minority (…)” was launched introducing the term “Afrophobia” and the principles of the UN Decade for PAD. Following this event and building on the findings of the Shadow Report 2014/2015, the discussion must continue to stir new ideas for concrete future actions.
Local experts and artists from People of African Descent living in Austria will give their personal insights on the first theme of the UN Decade: “Recognition” of People of African descent and Black European through: education, cultural rights, and data collection.
We look forward to continuing the discussion with you, and hear new ideas and suggestions!
Register online for the event and click here!