Global Dignity Day is celebrated every third Wednesday in October as an international holiday to inspire and teach young people how to raise their own self-esteem and foster mutual respect, kindness, understanding and tolerance.
Global Dignity Day was founded in 2005 by Finnish philosopher Pekka Himann, American professor John Hope, and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway. The basis of their initiative was the idea that every person deserves to be respected and have their own rights respected. The first official celebration of Global Dignity Day occurred on October 20, 2008 and it has been a regular custom ever since. In 2018, Global Dignity Day was celebrated by more than 250,000 people living in 70 countries around the world. Global Dignity is a non-profit organization that sponsors the holiday and holds events and visits schools in order to discuss important topics with children.
The Five Principles of Dignity project is the main concept behind Global Dignity Day. These principles are:
- All people have the right to lead a decent life.
- A decent life is an opportunity to realize one’s potential, thanks to an adequate level of health care, education, income and security.
- Dignity implies the freedom to make decisions in one’s own life and respect for this right.
- Dignity must be the main guiding principle in life.
- The human dignity of one person is linked to the dignity of other people.
How to take part
The best way to celebrate Global Dignity Day is to volunteer in an educational campaign. You can use your own example to encourage students to lead a worthy life, as well as share their life stories with you during conversations. You can also talk to people you know about the importance of dignity and organize a meeting to discuss this topic. Additionally, you can spread the word about Global Dignity Day on social media by using the hashtag #GlobalDignityDay.
When is Global Dignity Day celebrated in 2023?
Global Dignity Day is observed on the third Wednesday of October each year.