Creating a fairer Britain
Tonight Cerys Matthews headlines a one-off live music special at the National Eisteddfod. The sell-out gig is sponsored by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International and will promote human rights in Wales.
An awesome line-up of acts promises a great night ranging from folk music to rock played by some of Wales’s most talented musicians.
At tonight’s gig Cerys Matthews, Fflur Dafydd a'r Barf and others will speak about getting involved and taking action human rights issues in Wales such as:
Kate Bennett, National Director Wales, for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said:
'This year we will be marking the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights - yet many people are still not treated with dignity and respect. Both the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Amnesty are determined that action to protect and promote human rights moves up the political agenda in Wales.'
Cathy Owens, Programme Director for Wales for Amnesty International said:
'We have been looking forward to this gig for ages and it’s a chance to remind people how important it is to protect our human rights here in Wales as it is in far flung corners of the World.'
Fflur Dafydd a'r Barf said:
'This will be a great night of music and we’re proud to be part of this event - linking to some crucial human rights issues that we have the power to change - and to wear the best t-shirt on the Maes.'
Media enquiries to Sue Dye on 07976325863 or Cathy Owens on 02920 786415 or 07738 718638
Notes to Editors
1. The gig takes place at Maes B, Cardiff University Students Union, Park Place, Cardiff 8.00pm - 2.00am. The line up is Cerys Matthews, Fflur Dafydd a’r Barf, Gai Toms, and Al Lewis.
2. The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006, which took over the responsibilities of the Commission for Racial Equality, Disability Rights Commission and Equal Opportunities Commission. It is the independent advocate for equality and human rights in Britain, and aims to reduce inequality, eliminate discrimination, strengthen good relations between people, and promote and protect human rights.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission will enforce equality legislation on age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status, and encourage compliance with the Human Rights Act. It will also give advice and guidance to businesses, the voluntary and public sectors, and to individuals.
The Commission has a stand at the National Eisteddfod 2008.
3. Amnesty International is a movement of ordinary people from across the world standing up for humanity and human rights.