State Council strengthens dialogue and the construction of policies for the black population


The counselors’ expectation is to conclude the analysis of the Board’s Internal Regulations at the next ordinary meeting in March

By Elck Oliveira (SEIRDH)

02/03/2024 12:43 pm

The State Council for Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality (Coneppir), linked to the State Secretariat for Racial Equality and Human Rights (Seirdh), began discussing, on Friday (2), the body’s Internal Regulations, considered historic for Pará. Coneppir was paralyzed in recent years and was resumed following the creation of Seirdh, which occurred last year. For social movements, the collegiate represents another tool to guarantee the rights of the black population, people from terreiros and other traditional communities.

During the meeting, which took place in the auditorium of the Federal Public Ministry (MPF/PA), in Belém, the deputy secretary of Seirdh, Edilza Fontes, highlighted the importance of the moment, which was only possible thanks to the creation of a specific secretariat to deal with the agenda racial, Seirdh, implemented last year.

b9a503b903.jpg“Seirdh’s interest is to be this channel of dialogue between civil society and the State, that is, to carry out mediation work, strengthening dialogue and listening. This is the first Secretariat for Racial Equality and Human Rights that we have in the State and the objective is to strengthen identity agendas, the debate on public inclusion policies, respect for this plural society that we have today. What we all want is for the issue of human rights and racial equality to be increasingly present and increasingly point to the search for improving conditions for our people”, highlighted the deputy secretary of Seirdh, Edilza Fontes.

4dc77bbc4b.jpgMametu Nangetu, who coordinates the Nangetu Institute of Afro-religious Tradition and Social Development, said that the resurgence of Coneppir represents a moment of hope for the black segment. “I see this hope of working on affirmative public policies for all of us. I was fighting to build this Council from the beginning, so we are hopeful that it will work now. We have had many cases of religious intolerance, even murders of Afro-religious people, and we are often left unanswered, so, without a doubt, this is an issue that we will need to address here,” he pointed out.

Rosa Barbosa, who represents the Agentes de Pastoral Negros do Brasil (APNs) movement in the State of Pará, also believes in dialogue as the path to finding solutions to problems historically faced by the black population.

“Having this space is fundamental not only for black people but for all traditional peoples and communities, who have suffered various types of discrimination throughout history. The government giving us this opportunity, to put on the agenda everything we want to improve our lives, is very important, especially because we know how difficult it is to access everything, especially services. So, the Council is this fundamental space”, analyzed Rosa.

At the next ordinary meeting, in March, Coneppir must complete the analysis of the body’s Internal Regulations.

The article is in Portuguese


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