New York, NY (November 5, 2015) – Leitner Center Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence Gay McDougall gave an address on institutional racism and the situation of people of African descent worldwide at the United Nations this past Tuesday, November 3, 2015. She spoke on a panel discussion entitled “Confronting the Silence: Perspectives and Dialogue on Structural Racism against People of African Descent Worldwide,” which was organized in honor of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.
A member-elect of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Professor McDougall highlighted the achievements of the movement for racial equality since the passage of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). She also called on states to pass comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation, institute special measures or affirmative action programs to help overcome institutional racism, and tackle racial discrimination in the criminal justice system, including racially-motivated police abuse and violence.
Professor McDougall is the former United National Independent Expert on Minority issues and the former director of the Southern Africa Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She also served as a member the South African Election Commission, which oversaw the country’s first democratic, non-racial elections in 1994.
Photo Credits: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard