How to Reflect and Celebrate International Day of Peace
“Every day 100 civilians including women and children are killed in armed conflicts despite protections under international law” (United Nations).
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
The international community has endured countless traumatic experiences of violence and violence against women, war, and the overall lack of access to justice. Promoting peaceful and inclusive spaces is essential to implementing practical mechanisms necessary to hold institutions and individuals accountable. Far too often within our local and global communities, we witnessed the impacts of conflict, insecurity, and weak institutions leaving many marginalized people in fear of fighting for their inalienable human rights. Established by The Rome Statute, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) were created. At the global level, the ICC is the world’s first permanent international criminal court that works to promote a more peaceful world by addressing and helping to prevent atrocious crimes. Learn more about the ICC and SDG 16.
WHY IS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATED?
September 21st serves as the International Day of Peace around the world. Declared by the UN General Assembly in 1981, the global community has taken this day to strengthen peace ideals by observing 24 hrs of non-violence and cease-fire. The theme for 2021 is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world.” (United Nations) This theme aligns with the lived experiences of people worldwide as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Now is the time to keep building resiliency and create a transformative space within your capacity.
The time is now! Here are some ways to promote peace, show up for yourself and your local and global communities:
- Take a Global Minute of Silence– remembering those who are suffering and those who we have lost.
- Practice Yoga– Whether it’s your first time or you’re an advanced yogi, yoga helps manage any periods of stress while also providing excellent benefits for your body by building the strength and flexibility needed to keep you moving as you continue to transform the world!
- Get Involved! Join an SDG 16 focused event: