G.A.P GOES MARCHING – UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March for Equality


Date: 21.3. 2024
Time: 15:45 – 18:00
Meeting Point: the steps of University of Helsinki (34 Unioninkatu), Senate Square, 00170

G.A.P Goes … is an event concept designed to connect professional creatives with art spaces, cultural organisations, and art institutions. This March we are aligning under the tag #FIGHTracism as G.A.P Goes Marching. The core mission of Globe Art Point is advocating cultural equity, diversity and inclusion in the arts and cultural sector in Finland. On the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Thursday March 21, we march for equality.

The march is organised by African Anti-Racism Society Finland ry (AFARS), Me Emme Vaikene community and RASMUS – the association against racism and xenophobia, amongst others.
With the purpose of celebrating anti-racist work, we join together and walk towards the anti-racist future of Finland.

This event encourages inclusivity for participants and so the event is multilingual and not age dependent. The main languages of the event are Finnish and English. No registration is required for this event: it is open to the public, and everyone is welcomed to attend. The event is discrimination-free and all attempts are made to ensure safe and comfortable participation for all.

G.A.P Goes Marching participants will meet in Senate Square on the steps of the University of Helsinki at 15:45. Leaving Senate Square at 16:00, the route takes us to Parliament House, concluding at 18:00. The route is partially accessible, with some obstacles such as steps into sidewalks etc. We will do our best to assist one another where needed.

G.A.P Goes Marching is an opportunity to stand beside one another and celebrate the immense anti-ractist work that is leading us to a more equitable future in Finland! #FIGHTracism


The UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has been observed annually since 1966, in remembrance of the day the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960. This day of remembrance falls during the “Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination, 21-27 March”. The United Nations General Assembly reiterates that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and have the potential to contribute constructively to the development and well-being of their societies.

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