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International Day of Non-Violence

The International Day of Non-Violence is celebrated annually all around the world on October 2nd. This is the birthday of the famous humanitarian and Indian leader, Mahatma Gandhi.

International Day of Non-Violence and humanitarians
Gandhi was a frontrunner in advocating for civil rights in South Africa and independence for the British-ruled India. He has been a great inspiration for non-violent movements that advocate for social change across the world. He dedicated his entire life fighting for noble goals in a non-violent manner, even under seemingly inhuman and oppressive conditions.

India was ruled by the British Empire. At that time, in South Africa, prejudice and injustice prevailed. However, in the course of his lifetime, he improved the living conditions. He’s remembered by us, and every humanitarian alive, as one of the greatest role models who ever lived.

“Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man. ”

Mahatma Gandhi

Among the frontrunners for calling an International Day of Non-Violence was Shirin Ebadi, a well-known Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights activist. She shares this honor with Gandhi who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times between 1937 and 1948. Ebadi had taken the concept of International Day of Non-Violence from a Hindi teacher in Paris all the way to the World Social Forum in Bombay as early as January 2004. Slowly but surely, this idea gradually attracted the interest of distinguished leaders of the India's Congress Party. However, it still took a while before the United Nations adopted it. At the Satyagraha Conference resolution in New Delhi, in January 2007, the United Nations was called upon to pass the concept by the Indian National Congress President, Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance, Sonia Gandhi, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

It didn’t take long before this wonderful idea was finalized. On 15 June 2007, the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October, the birthdate of Mahatma Gandhi, as the International Day of Non-Violence. It's a day dedicated to commemorating the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness.

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