Non-violence can truly flourish when the world is free of poverty, hunger, discrimination, exclusion, intolerance and hatred - when women and men can realize their highest potential and live a secure and fulfilling life. Until then, each and every one of us would have to contribute - collectively and individually to build peace through non-violence.
As a child is born to the world, a sense of relief, joy and happiness engulfs the atmosphere. A new life has graced the face of earth, free from troubles, free from chains and pure in mind and soul. Everything else after that, the child learns from the world by whole heartedly taking in every insight and knowledge whether good or bad.
Every parent dreams of having a morally upright and successful child, but at what age should a child master the moral value to respect the differences in ethnicity and culture among people so as to numb this hatred? Hatred has been taught, it has been displayed for others to see, it has been displayed on people. One writer said if a child can be taught to hate, a child can be taught to love.
Racial discrimination has been at the center of several conflicts throughout history. 21st March 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against the Apartheid laws in Sharpeville, South Africa. The United Nations General Assembly called on the international community to fortify its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination, and in 1966 declared the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Today, our fight against racial and ethnic discrimination continues, the hindrances to progress for millions of people around the world becoming more apparent. In acknowledgement of that, we, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), urge all stakeholders to continue their efforts of nurturing peace and love amongst children and young people halting any forms of racism and discrimination.We believe that Racial discrimination differentiates between individuals on the basis of real and perceived racial differences.This day reminds us of our collective responsibility for promoting and protecting these ideas.
We must join forces to end racism. Let us recommit to ending racial discrimination and realizing our vision of justice, equality and freedom from fear for all.