Msheireb Museums, the cultural and tourist destination at Msheireb Downtown Doha, celebrated the 2020 International Museum Day by posting awareness videos with the theme of this year’s celebrations, ‘Diversity and Inclusivity’.

Through engaging videos, Msheireb Museums shared its cultural and artistic treasures and galleries embodying these global values, including ‘DNA: A Journey to the Heart of Life’ and the Bin Jelmood House’s focus on slavery and racism.

Msheireb Museums also promoted inclusivity by focusing on multicultural themes and accessibility to visitors, particularly to people with special needs. International Museum Day has been celebrated on May 18 since 1977.

The objective is to raise awareness of museums as a symbol of cultural exchange, and as beacons of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.

In this context and in reaffirming its mission, Msheireb Museums recently received a copy of the report prepared by Professor E Tendayi Achiume – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.

The UN special rapporteur was tasked with compiling a countrywide report on the state of racial discrimination as part of the ‘Special Procedures’ of the UN Human Rights Council, the largest body of independent experts in the human rights system.

The report commends the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education for the critical investments they are making in using arts, culture and sports to shift societal values, beliefs and perceptions fundamental to equality and non-discrimination.

The report also praises Msheireb Museums, stating: “Bin Jelmood House at the Msheireb Museums is the first museum in the world devoted to the history of Indian Ocean slavery, and includes the history of slavery in Qatar.”

Source : Gulf Times

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