To mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, UNIC Canberra organised a film screening of Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess in conjunction with the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. The screening was part of a series of events organised on the theme “Women and Slavery” by the United Nations Remember Slavery programme to honour the struggle of enslaved women during the transatlantic slave trade and their heroic efforts to resist the institution of slavery and pass on their rich cultural heritage to their children.
Introducing the screening, Jennifer Burn, Director of Anti-Slavery Australia and a professor at the University pointed out that while the film related to a time and place quite distant to current day Australia, the lessons taken from the film were still relevant today. One such lesson was drawn out by the UNIC Director, when he pointed out that justice for women, and especially women of colour, and recognition for their accomplishments, is still not being served. Such recognition and justice, he stated, was a central to the theme of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) which seeks to strengthen international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent. The introductions mirrored the words of the UN Secretary-General, who in his message for the Day called on all to renew our resolve to fight racism and celebrate the heritage of Africa that enhances societies around the world today.