International Day of peace 2022: ‘End Racism. Build Peace’.

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” Mahatma Gandhi

Peace is a 5 letters word whose acronym means different things to different people. Amidst the differences, one certain thing is that it is often when we are deprived of peace that we realize its importance.

Peace is the emotion we feel when we do not see the importance of judging, fighting with others and worrying about things. It is a state of tranquility that enables people to enjoy every moment of their lives. Peace is a conscious choice. It is not agreing with everyone but respecting   disagreements and still stand together.

There are many people who have lost lives, families and got displaced due to lack of peace. When we realize how detrimental the absence of peace is, we can never take it for granted. It is the greatest weapon for development . There is a need to cultivate a culture of peace, more so at individual levels and constantly ask ourselves what we should do to create conditions in which peace can prosper.

Peace unites societies and nations and provides a suitable environment for people to work and live. In countries  faced with violence, the call for tolerance, intercultural dialogue and respect for diversity has been essential in promoting peace. Some nations have had to learn the hard way of  the importance of peace. More often than not, the act of uniting people and creating peace is a great challenge, and can sometimes be a painful process. Young people are perceived as  key stakeholders in promoting peace by being at the forefront of peace dialogues and refusing to be misused in violent activities.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. It is observed ever year on the 21st of September to recognize the efforts of individuals and group of individuals who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. Additionally, the purpose of this day is to provide a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace’.

This year, the theme is ‘End Racism. Build Peace’. Racism is a pandemic in our world which if not dealt with can lead to discrimination and injustices in our society. Despite  having different religions and colored skin, we all belong to one human race.  Racism harms not only the lives of those who go through it, but also their dependents and the society at large. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion, people must learn to hate. And if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson mandela

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