Every year, on October 2 International Day of Non-Violence is observed to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi‘s birthday. The United Nations established this day in 2007 in an effort to spread the message of nonviolence through public education and awareness.
Gandhi helped lead India to independence through the principle of nonviolence. He was committed to maintaining this belief even under oppressive conditions and challenges.
The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Non-Violence is a global observance that promotes non-violence through education and public awareness.
The principle of non-violence, also known as non-violent resistance, rejects the use of physical violence to achieve social or political change. Many groups throughout the world use this method in social justice campaigns.
There are three main categories of non-violence action:
- Protest and persuasion, including marches and vigils.
- Non-violent intervention, such as blockades and occupations.
The International Day of Non-Violence has strong connections with the works, beliefs, and methods of peace leader Mahatma Gandhi, who is known as India’s “Father of the Nation”.