11.08.2011 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Commemoration in Gorée Island to pay tribute to the tireless struggle of slaves for their freedom

© UNESCOPoster for the International Day for Abolition of Slavery 2011

UNESCO BREDA and partners are organizing an event on 23 August 2011 to pay tribute to the tireless struggle of the slaves for their freedom.

The commemoration will take place on the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

It is organized on the Gorée Island, an island close to the Senegalese capital of Dakar, from where millions of Africans for several hundred years were deported to the Americas.

The event runs from 10 am – 3 pm on 23 August at the Centre socio-cultural Boubacar Joseph NDIAYE on the Gorée Island.

There will be a conference-debate on the educational dimension of the slave trade, cultural interactions and human rights, as well as an exhibition of paintings and photographs on these issues.

Other activities include: 

An exhibition of UNESCO publications (and others) on the slave trade organized by the UNESCO Documentation Center of BREDA;

The screening of the documentary "Slave Routes: A Global Vision", made under the UNESCO project "The Slave Route" launched in 1994 in Ouidah, Benin;

An animation by several artists including "Hopes of the suburbs", and "Acoustic Law" of Angelique Dione.

The commemoration will be chaired by the Minister of preschool education, middle school and national languages, Khalidou Diallo.

Open to the public

It is organized by UNESCO-BREDA in partnership with the National Commission of Senegal to UNESCO, the Ministry of preschool education, middle school and national languages, the Ministry of Culture, Gender and Living conditions, the City of Gorée, the Museum of Women, and the Museum of the Armed Forces as well as the artist Lamine Barro.

The commemoration is open to the public.

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