THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NON-VIOLENCE – Africa Philanthropic Foundation

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The International Day of Non-Violence is celebrated on 2 October yearly. This date is the celebration of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

To commemorate this day General Assembly established this day as an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”. This day also aims to reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.

“Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man”. Quote by the late Mahatma Gandhi

CSO/NGO plays a big role in advocating for peace in the society. Because they know the importance of having a peaceful society or community, without peace or a peaceful environment there will be no development. Sustainable development can only be achieved if there is peace in the society or rather when we have a peaceful environment where the population/people know they are secured and can now focus on development.

Sustainable Development goal number 16 goes hand in hand with the celebration of this day. Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels. The rule of law and development has a significant interrelation and are mutually reinforcing, making it essential for sustainable development at the national and international level.

High levels of armed violence and insecurity have a destructive impact on a country’s development, affecting economic growth and often resulting in long standing grievances that can last for generations. Sexual violence, crime, exploitation and torture are also prevalent where there is conflict or no rule of law, and countries must take measures to protect those who are most at risk.

This SDG aim to significantly reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity. Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights is key to this process, as is reducing the flow of illicit arms and strengthening the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance.



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