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It’s Harmony Day!

March 20, 2014 by

"The Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA) is joining Australia-wide celebrations of Harmony Day on Friday, 21 March 2014, and is taking the opportunity to urge all Australians to recognise and value the cultural and linguistic diversity that uniquely characterises and enhances Australian society.

Celebrated annually, Harmony Day is an initiative of the Australian Government and coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The day is observed nationally as an opportunity to advocate for community unity, cohesiveness and cultural respect for all Australians, from all backgrounds.

FECCA Chair, Mr Joe Caputo has encouraged all Australians to get involved in Harmony Day celebrations this year, highlighting the important need "to celebrate our diversity, and promote the message that all immigrants are welcome in Australia". Mr Caputo said, "we must work hard to ensure that, in return for the substantial benefits that immigration delivers, those settling in this country are assured access to the necessary institutional support mechanisms that that they require to contribute successfully in all aspects of Australian life, and in an environment that is free from all forms of racial discrimination". He added, "on Harmony day, it's important to keep in mind that whilst most Australians do appreciate the benefits of a multicultural society, there are still, unfortunately, many instances of racial discrimination and harassment that occur daily and are experienced by people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds". "We must not become complacent on this issue, and must continue to advocate the need for strong action against destructive elements in our society that attempt to erode our country's rich cultural diversity and the substantial social and economic gains that multiculturalism offers", he said. This year, FECCA is celebrating Harmony Day and Australian multiculturalism through its 'My Story' photographic campaign, showcasing the stories of Australians from diverse cultural and linguistic and linguistic background. The campaign invited individuals and organisations to share their unique stories and perspectives on what multiculturalism means to them or their organisation. To view the stories included in the 'My Story' campaign, please visit: http://www.fecca.org.au/news/upcoming-events/upcoming-events/item/514-feccas-social-media-campaign-qmy-storyq-harmony-day-2014 "

Media Comments: For further information, contact FECCA Chair, Joe Caputo, on 0419 173 122 or the FECCA office on (02) 6282 5755

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