One Voice Brighton and Hove, a coalition of faith, cultural, LGBT and Black and Minority Ethnic communities in the city, organised a public event to mark 21st May, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, popularly known as the “Diversity Day”.
The event took place at the Brighton Open Market and attended by many local residents and over 40 community groups welcomed the guests who visited their information stalls and exhibition boards.
Representatives of community organisations and local authorities addressed the guests and in their speeches they praised the reputation of Brighton and Hove as a city with diverse, dynamic and active communities.
Euro-Mernet team welcomed the visitors at its designated information stall and made copies of a number of information leaflets and free publications available to take away. The team also introduced a hand-made “words of diversity” box with historical and contemporary quotations on diversity, tolerance, coexistence, peace, love and solidarity. Visitors were invited to pick a quote from the box and share their thoughts and feelings on the words they retrieved from the box.
Community groups who formed One Voice Brighton and Hove have been working closely with the local community groups as well as statutory bodies including the Brighton and Hove City Council and Sussex Police force.
The One Voice Brighton and Hove programme has also been actively working on raising awareness on tackling hate crimes, ensuring and maintaining community safety, informing the communities on issues related to extremism, and providing training and follow-up support for the communities in challenging racism, xenophobia, intolerance, bigotry and extremism.