End racism. Build peace.
On this day every year, the International Day of Peace is celebrated. Back in 1981, when this event was established, it was done with the aim of building and strengthening peace amongst people and nations around the world. Today, the aim still stands, maintaining 24 hours of ceasefire and no violence around the world.
This year, the theme focuses on putting an end to racism (and its effects) and instead, building nations where peace reigns. António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the UN has pointed out, in a statement, that racism in our world today drives inequality and poisons societies.
Conflicts happen a lot of the time, and for different reasons, and these usually always end badly, with long-lasting effects on individuals, families, societies and entire nations. History and even recent events have shown this. To foster peace across the globe, curbing racism is a great way to start, and that’s what this year’s day of peace aims to do.
Even though a particular day of the year is set apart for keeping peace, we all have a role to play in building and maintaining peace in any little way that we can. We can do this in different ways such as showing kindness and respect to everyone around us and advocating for equality, starting from our little societies such as in school, work or even at home. We can join movements against racism, hate and discrimination online and even offline; we need to educate ourselves and others about the effects of hatred and racism and why it needs to stop. Together, a world of peace and love can be built.
Moreover, on the international Day of Peace, there is usually a one minute silence observed by 12 noon. This is applicable to all time zones, so if you can, you should do this. You can also share your peace thoughts online using the hashtag #PeaceDay. Take a walk and appreciate the calmness of nature. Wish someone a happy day of peace. Send flowers. Be nice.
Happy Peace Day! #EndRacismBuildPeace 🤍