Honouring our Human Rights
Human Rights Day is commemorated annually on 21 March as a reminder to those of us reaping the rewards of democracy, that freedom came at high price, and that for many that price was their lives. At this time of heightened racial and religious intolerance and xenophobia in our communities, the day is an opportunity for all South Africans to reflect on what “human rights” means to us. We welcome you to come and reflect on your human rights at Iziko, by offering *FREE ENTRY to all our museum spaces on 21 March 2017. Listen to poet Diana Ferrus recite "My naam is Februarie" at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekKkQTw44aQ
The commemoration is founded on the events of 21 March 1960, when protesters marched on the Sharpeville police station to protest against pass laws. On that fateful day, apartheid police fired on unarmed protesters, killing 69 people, many of whom were school children – many of them shot in their backs as they fled.
We commemorate Human Rights Day to reinforce our commitment to the Bill of Rights as enshrined in our Constitution. These rights include: Equality; Human dignity; Freedom of movement and residence; Language and culture; and Life.
This year, government’s theme for Human Rights Day is: “The Year of OR Tambo: Unity in Action in Advancing Human Rights”. However, we look not only to struggle veterans, politicians and public figures to uphold human rights, but to every single South African to work together to nurture a culture of human rights for our current and future generations. Iziko, as the custodians of our heritage and culture, is wholeheartedly committed to fostering this most basic human need. Through our exhibitions, education programmes and collections, visitors are invited to ‘’travel through time,’’ delve into the past and explore our world. Join the journey and spark a conversation on social media at #HumanRightsDay
(*excluding Groot Constantia and museums currently closed for renovations)