The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) is pleased to announce the Australian Human Rights Commission has commissioned FECCA to engage with multicultural communities across the nation to inform and support the development of the National Anti-Racism Framework (Framework).
FECCA will be consulting directly with multicultural communities to ensure insights, knowledge, priorities and lived experience of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are meaningfully embedded into this important work to prevent discrimination and racism and to have appropriate mechanisms to address it when it occurs.
“Australia cannot be a truly successful multicultural nation without addressing racism and discrimination at all levels of society,” said FECCA CEO, Mr Mohammad Al-Khafaji.
FECCA commends the Commission’s human rights based and community-centred approach to the development of the Framework, and we look forward to working with our members and broader sector to ensure the Framework is grounded on the lived experience and expertise of those who experience racism.
Mr Al-Khafaji said, “We have long been advocating for a well-resourced national anti-racism strategy and we’re pleased the Government has acknowledged the importance of this by funding it.”
FECCA is proud to be contributing to this important work and will continue to encourage the Government to invest in its implementation and evaluation to ensure that we can address racism and discrimination in a sustainable and impactful way.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Andrew Giles MP is in strong support of the anti-racism strategy as part of a fair and inclusive multicultural nation.
“Australia’s anti-racism strategy must be developed in collaboration with multicultural communities. This is a powerful step towards combating racism. FECCA will play an important role in helping to address the challenges faced by multicultural communities and fostering a society that values hope and unity over fear and division,” Minister Giles said.
Keep a look out on our website for opportunities to engage in the development of the Anti-Racism Framework or contact your local Ethnic Community Council regarding consultation opportunities.
FECCA is the national peak body representing people from multicultural communities and their organisations across Australia. Through the membership of state, territory, and regional councils, we represent over 1,500 community organisations and their members.
For over 40 years, FECCA has proudly worked alongside multicultural communities, the broader Australian society and Government to build an Australia where everyone, no matter their background or how long they have lived in this country, can belong, and thrive equally without barriers.
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