International Day of Tolerance on November 16 is a great opportunity for you to think back and recall the last time you had a different perspective than one of your friends? When’s the last time you’ve had to learn something about someone else’s culture? Look and learn the date that celebrates open-mindedness and listening.
History of International Day for Tolerance:
It was started by the UN General Assembly, with the goal of getting educational institutions and the general public to see tolerance as a staple of society. And it came after the United Nations declared a Year for Tolerance in 1995.
In 1995, UNESCO created the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance as a way to define and provide awareness of tolerance for any and all governing and participating bodies. That day in 1995 was November 16. Now, as an anniversary of that Declaration, we celebrate the International Day for Tolerance every November 16 to help spread tolerance and raise awareness of any intolerance that may still be prevalent in the world today. Although we should be tolerant every day, it’s always good to have one occasion to remind us just how important tolerance is.
Additionally, UNESCO created an award to recognize those with great achievements in promoting the spirit of tolerance or non-violence in fields such as science, culture, and the arts. The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize and the UNESCO International Day for Tolerance both recognize that tolerance is a universal human right.
5 Facts about Hate Crimes:
It affects a lot of people regularly
On average, eight black people, three white people, three gay people, three Jewish people, and one Latino person become hate crime victims daily.
A lot is committed by young people
50 percent of all the hate crimes in the U.S. are committed by people between the ages of 15 and 24.
Every hour in the United States somebody commits a hate crime
Race is the largest reason.
Race is the main motive in most hate crimes reported, followed by sexual orientation and religion.
No one is born with inherent hate.
Hate crimes stem from a learned behavior of hatred or one’s self-taught bias.
Why International Day for Tolerance is important:
International Day for Tolerance is a great educational resource to help learn about how to be a more tolerant person but also the intolerances that may still be happening around the world.
It brings us together
Inherently based on the idea that humans should come together rather than be divided, International Day for Tolerance is a day to celebrate the differences between cultures and creeds and appreciate what they bring to our lives.
It reminds us it’s a constant effort
International Day of Tolerance is important because, although great strides have been made, more work needs to be done to eradicate intolerance throughout the world. By increasing awareness and spreading education on days such as this, it helps play an active role in the elimination of intolerance.
On this day of tolerance and peace, let us all pledge to spread peace and happiness.
“This world would be a much better place to live in if all of us could be a little more tolerant in our lives. Warm wishes on International Tolerance Day.”
“Never consider a man who tolerates weak because he is the strongest of all and we must respect him. Wishing a very Happy International Tolerance Day.”
“The International Tolerance Day is a reminder to each one of us that together we can bring peace and happiness in this world by being a little more tolerant.”
“When it comes to tolerance, the best teacher in this world for us is our enemy. Practicing intolerance towards the enemy will make you a winner. Happy International Tolerance Day.”
“Let us come together to celebrate the unique day of International Tolerance Day together by spreading peace and happiness around. Warm wishes on this day.”
Peace begins with respect and tolerance for everyone. Wishing you all a great day of Intolerance and peace.
Being at peace makes you tolerant, being intolerant brings in disorder and negativity. Learn to be calm and spread positivity.
“A little tolerance from both the sides can smoothen relationships in good ways. Warm wishes on International Tolerance Day to everyone. Let us learn to be more tolerant.”