Global Dignity Day is celebrated every third Wednesday in October, thereby inspiring and teaching young people how to raise their own self-esteem. The holiday manifests the idea that every person deserves to be respected and respected for their own rights. This day also teaches mutual respect, kindness, understanding and tolerance.
In 2005, Finnish philosopher Pekka Himann, American professor John Hope, and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway came together to create Global Dignity Day. As the three friends believed, the basis of any positive change is human dignity. That is why they made sure to create a special day for school-age children when this important topic will be touched upon.
For the first time the holiday took place on October 20, 2008, since then it has been customary to celebrate it every third Wednesday of October. In 2018, more than 250 thousand people living in 70 countries of the world joined the celebration. The sponsor of the holiday is the non-profit organization Global Dignity. Volunteers of this organization hold events and visit schools in order to talk with children on important topics.
On the occasion of the holiday, let us recall the Five Principles of Dignity project, or rather, list its main theses:
- 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 celebrate
The best way to celebrate Global Dignity Day is by participating in an educational campaign as a volunteer. You can use personal example to encourage students to lead a worthy life, as well as share their life stories with you during the conversation. Also talk about the importance of dignity to people you know, and organize a thematic meeting for this conversation. In addition, you can talk about the holiday on social networks by publishing posts with the hashtag #GlobalDignityDay.
When is Global Dignity Day celebrated in 2022?
Global Dignity Day is observed on the third Wednesday of October each year.