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22/09/2021

Derry community leaders mark Holocaust Memorial Day by signing ‘We All Belong’ pledge

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Community leaders from the Derry City and Strabane District Council area who have completed the ‘Challenging Prejudice Leadership Development Programme’ marked the recent Holocaust Memorial Day by signing the anti-discrimination ‘We All Belong’ pledge. The Challenging Prejudice Leadership Development Programme is now in its second year and is part of Council’s proactive approach to improving good relations. The programme included training sessions and a recent study visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau – educating local community leaders about the events of the Holocaust and encouraging them to consider the lessons for today. The leadership programme also encourages community representatives to promote the city and surrounding towns and villages as safe and welcoming places for all. It aims to develop positive relationships between people of different community backgrounds, and to enhance skills to help participants contribute to improving the attitudes of people within their local areas. Carol Stewart, Good Relations officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council, said: “Through our series of interactive workshops and recent study visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, community leaders have explored the Holocaust, how it happened, why it happened and how the lessons learned from it can be used to address key issues in society today. “Indeed, on completion of the programme, I have no doubts it has helped equip them with the tools to challenge prejudice, sectarianism, racism, and other forms of intolerance in their own communities – and sharing those skills in their communities. “I’m also delighted that the participants on the Leadership Development Programme have signed the ‘We All Belong’ pledge to mark Holocaust Memorial Day – and which also aims to challenge prejudice, racism, discrimination and all forms of hatred. “In doing so they have not only remembered the horrors of the Holocaust and those who lost their lives – but have also joined the Council’s Good Relations team in promoting tolerance and respect for diversity.”

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