According to the United Nations (UN):
The Year aims at strengthening national actions and regional and international cooperation for the benefit of people of African descent in relation to their full enjoyment of economic, cultural, social, civil and political rights, their participation and integration in all political, economic, social and cultural aspects of society, and the promotion of a greater knowledge of and respect for their diverse heritage and culture."
A new category has been created on People with Voices’ website: UNIYFPAD to make it easy for readers to locate articles that will focus on the following themes:
Past: will focus on African History and the contribution of African civilizations to the world. Present: will focus on positive things happening both on the continent and in the Diaspora as well as negative issues such as the persistence of racism, social, political and economic oppression and societal problems. Future: will examine solutions for the problems still experienced by people of African descent.
As a news website that promotes diverse perspectives in the media and encourages aspiring writers and journalists, People with Voices hopes to engage the public with this special campaign. Managing Editor, Deborah Gabriel said:
"Africa is the cradle of humanity and yet in the 21st century many people know so little of what Africa and its people have contributed to the modern world. Our editorial campaign aims to redress this by providing a platform for people both to contribute articles to our website and to read our content.
"Our campaign will also highlight the problems still facing people of African descent on the continent and in the Diaspora and how they can be overcome. We invite people in the UK and around the world to engage with our campaign and be part of this special year."