Racism. It Stops With Me is a campaign which invites all Australians to reflect on what they do to counter racism, wherever it happens.
The National Anti-Racism Strategy was launched by the Australian Human Rights Commission in August 2012. The Equal Opportunity Commission remains committed to supporting and driving implementation in South Australia alongside Dr Tim Soutphommasane, the Australian Human Rights Race Discrimination Commissioner.
The Anti-Racism strategy is an education and awareness initiative and invites government and non-government organisations to sign up to promote the campaign, identify best practice and implement activities to prevent and reduce racism. Individuals can also sign up to support the campaign.
More than 35 South Australian organisations support the campaign, including local government, community and sporting organisations, South Australian businesses and the whole of the State Government. The Commission believes this number can be increased and seeks your support in pledging your commitment to tolerance and anti-racism by becoming formal campaign supporters.
The Racism. It Stops With Me campaign aims to:
- Ensure more Australians recognise that racism is unacceptable in our community.
- Give more Australians the tools and resources to take practical action against racism.
- Empower individuals and organisations to prevent & respond effectively to racism.
In signing up, the campaign:
- Asks organisations to commit to the campaign and develop their own anti-racism activities.
- Asks individuals to become part of a community of people who are committed to leading by example.
- Offers advice and assistance to supporters in implementing their anti-racism activities.
- Provides a central coordination point for activities happening across Australia.
- Develops materials to assist in the promotion of anti-racism messages.
- Develops education tools for a range of audiences.
- Shares good practice examples for others to learn from and build on.
- Facilitates linkages and partnerships between supporter organisations.
By doing this, the campaign hopes to create a culture where people are able to identify racism and have the confidence and tools to act appropriately when it does occur.
What does signing up involve?
Supporter organisations agree to endorse the campaign message, promote the campaign and identify specific activities they will undertake in the anti-racism space.
Within these areas, the options are entirely flexible depending on your organisation’s resources and priorities. Examples of what you could do range from putting up posters in your workplace or displaying the campaign logo in your email signature, to asking staff members or people in the community to make personal pledges against racism, to implementing anti-racism policies, running training in your workplace or holding awareness-raising events.
You can find examples of things you can do on the Racism. It Stops With Me website. They can promote your activities and events through the campaign's networks and provide you with resources, merchandise and information.
Signing up to the campaign does not involve a financial commitment to the Strategy or campaign and does not require you to adopt a specific policy, program or activity. Activities do not have formal reporting requirements to the EOC or to the Australia Human Rights Commission.