Members Statement: Africa Day
Africa Day is a very special day for the African community in Australia and across the world. It is a day celebrated with pride and purpose.
This Members Statement was made on 30 May 2023:
On Thursday 25 May this Parliament hosted the 60th anniversary celebration of Africa Day, led by a terrific team from Africa Day Australia and its advancing African Australia agenda sub-committee.
Africa Day is a very special day for the African community in Australia and across the world. It was on this day that leaders from the continent’s nations and liberation movements outlined the vision for an Africa post-colonisation, towards independence. It is a day celebrated with pride and purpose. The theme of the celebration and forum here in Parliament was ‘a united African Australia agenda today’, exploring the importance of unity of purpose as a prerequisite for future successes.
The African diasporan community in Victoria is growing, it is diverse and it is unique. But the community also faces challenges, including racism and prejudice, financial exploitation and stereotyping that often creates barriers to accessing work and education. They are also a very strong and resilient community and have already shaped our community for the better.
Key themes that emerged from a very powerful and engaging evening included the community working together to share their stories and experiences, working through the challenges of settlement and supporting each other. The community wants their diversity to be reflected in their leadership and collective identity. They want their lived experiences reflected in their leadership, and they acknowledge that resources are necessary to be able to participate in community life.
The African Australian community have so much to be proud of. I thank all those who helped coordinate such a wonderful celebration last week and wish you a happy Africa Day.