International Day of Non-Violence

Established in 2007 by the UN General Assembly, the International Day of Non-Violence is commemorated on October 2 in alignment with Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Gandhi was a prominent figure who famously employed non-violence to push for India’s independence. The event aims to promote non-violence in a move towards ensuring world peace. 

Why Commemorate Non-Violence?

Another way non-violence is promoted is through Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is dedicated to “[promoting] peaceful […] societies.”

Working towards non-violence is crucial, especially in today’s society. Violence continues to permeate societies across the world and with it comes to a host of consequences that affect millions. For instance, due to war, armed conflict, and other security concerns, an estimated 100 million people have been “forcibly displaced” globally since May 2022. This issue is all the more relevant today, considering the impact of the war in Ukraine which has resulted in 14,844 casualties, though the actual figure is likely to be higher. Other examples of violence include sexual violence and “violent forms of discipline” which continue to be committed against children. It is important to note, though, that over the years, there has been a decline in violent crimes such as homicide. Regardless, it is evident that there is still work to be done in creating a non-violent and peaceful world.

How Can We Engage in Non-Violence?

In response to acts of injustice, it is natural to get angry and demand change. Despite this, there are ways of doing so non-violently such as engaging in civil disobedience and joining peaceful protests or marches. Eradicating violence may seem daunting and impossible but our small yet collective actions eventually lead to substantial changes. Simply put, be the change you wish to see in the world.

– Isabelle Amurao


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