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Derry & Strabane says: ‘We All Belong’

25th September 2019

Local people take centre stage in ‘We All Belong’ anti-discrimination campaign


I Believe that We All Belong - that was the message today from a range of groups and individuals from across the Derry & Strabane area who are playing a central role in a new advertising campaign. The campaign features a range of citizens from across the city and district, including LGBT activists, church leaders, those from the BME community, traveller community, disability groups and cultural organisations. Their message is simple - We All Belong.


The We All Belong campaign was launched in 2018, and has been promoting the message that everyone living in Derry & Strabane District belongs here, regardless of race, religious belief, sexual orientation, political opinion, gender identity or disability.


This campaign features a range of local people from minority, disability, cultural and religious groups, who are all playing their part to build acceptance and understanding in the wider community. Among those who will be seen on billboards and bus shelters across the area are traveller representative Martin McDonagh, Rehka Dromgoole of the Foyle Race Equality Forum, and church leaders including Bishop Donal McKeown and Arch Deacon Robert Miller.


Speaking at the launch of the campaign Mayor of Derry City & Strabane, Councillor Michaela Boyle, said "The greatest asset of Derry City and Strabane is our people, and I am delighted that such a broad range of individuals from a variety of backgrounds are promoting the important message that We All Belong. Discrimination or prejudice in any form is not welcome here, and I hope that, as people see the We All Belong campaign, they will ensure that they help make this community welcoming to everyone.”


Martin McDonagh, who features in the campaign said "I believe that your race, your background, your sexuality should not matter. We are all human beings, and we should treat everyone with respect. Ive been here in Derry for three years, and Im involved in so many community projects, including Traveller cultural groups, and the majority of people right across the city have always made me feel like I belong. The We All Belong campaign is important as it makes people think about the diverse make up of this area, and the positive role that plays in making this a great place to live.”


The WE ALL BELONG campaign is funded through the SEUPB’s PEACE IV initiative and is dedicated to tackling prejudice and hate crime in all its forms. This includes racist, homophobic, religious, sectarian, transgender and disability hate crime. The PEACE IV Programme is supported by the European Union, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

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