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International Day of Non-Violence

Non-Violence Sculpture by Carl Fredrik Reutersward

Non-Violence Sculpture by Carl Fredrik Reutersward

The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on October 2nd, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

The United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution in 2007 which “established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”. The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.

The Non-Violence Project Foundation works to inspire, motivate and engage young people to learn how to solve conflicts peacefully. They educate young people in three subjects: self-esteem, conflict management and non-violence.