“World Afro Day is a global day of celebration and liberation for Afro hair and identity, endorsed by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human rights. We work with organisations, companies, authorities and people from all backgrounds to tackle hair discrimination. We produce events, tools and training to empower people with Afro hair and to equip everyone for change”
Michelle De Leon, Founder of World Afro Day.
THE FIRST EVENT WAS ENDORSED BY THE UN’S OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS.
Remember Remember 15th of September.
On the 5th September 2016, a U.S. federal court, ruled it was legal to ban dreadlocks in the workplace! This is a barrier not faced by any other hair type or group in the world.
Bias against Afro hair in society can create exclusion, shame and and feelings of inferiority. This has also had a long-lasting impact on health and economic opportunity, especially for Black women, who are pressurised to conform to societal norms.
Straight hair is considered the epitome of success and beauty and it is promoted everyday, through fairytales, films, television, social media, consumer products and advertising etc.
Afro-hair is rarely celebrated, especially globally and World Afro Day seeks to change this
Our Vision is to create a platform to celebrate and educate people about Afro hair. Through annual events and a worldwide educational network, we will unite people globally in raising Afro hair to world class status through positive awareness and academic excellence.