International Day Of Non-Violence

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International Non-Violence continues to leave an impact for today’s society.

Bruna Vila Artigues, Assistant News Editor

Oct. 2 is the International Day of Non-Violence, commemorating the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, who led India to its independence and inspired non-violent movements and protests across the world.

The idea of an International Day of Non-Violence was proposed in January 2004 that was supported by several Indian leaders. Three years later, the United Nations were called to make it happen.

On June 15th 2007, the idea was officially adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.

“Bearing in mind that non-violence, tolerance, full respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, democracy, development, mutual understanding and respect for diversity are interlinked and mutually reinforcing,” Resolution A/RES/61/271 stated.

“Invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organizations and individuals to commemorate the International Day of Non-Violence in an appropriate manner and to disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness. ”

The celebration of this day is a way look back on the influence of Mahatma Gandhi, to admire and respect his work and methods that have spread all over the world to advocate for human and civil rights and to achieve piece.

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