Each year, on 2 October, we celebrate the International Day of Non-Violence and the birthday of a man who helped bring forward the notion of “non-violence”. The name of Mahatma Gandhi transcends the bounds of race, religion, and nation-states. He is also remembered for his passionate adherence to the practice of nonviolence and supreme humanism.
On the International Day of Non-Violence, created by the United Nations in 2007, we look back on how Gandhi’s work and legacy has impacted global non-violent protests, marches, and vigils. This day is recognised and commemorated as a means of reaffirming the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence and the desire to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, and understanding. The COVID-19 pandemic is known for hitting the underprivileged and marginalised groups the hardest. Violence is learnt and, thus, avoidable.
Hence, the theme for this year is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. This year, as we heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, how to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier. Proper education and productive utilisation of leisure time are the two substantial keys in preventing the occurrence of delinquencies behaviours among people, youth included. Thus, we would like to urge all young people to place their responsibilities above their enjoyment, and prioritise their education over rebellious activities.
The World Assembly of Youth (WAY) sturdily stands by the principle of non-violence, and shall continue to aim for its identification and achievements in the societies. We advocate for youth to exploit their minds as a “weapon” against all injustices and promote non-violence among their peers and in their communities. Let us create a more just world, by empowering young change makers from around the globe, in which a combination of cross cultural learning workshops, volunteer service, and youth activism, is aligned with the work of NGOs, policy makers, and other stakeholders.
Establishing a culture of peace and sustainable development are at the heart of WAY’s mandate. We also promote the spirit of volunteering amongst the generations in order to bridge the barriers of race, colour, religion, nationalities, plus to fill in the gender and economic divides. Join us in celebrating the lasting work of this great futurist, Mahatma Gandhi, and ensure that his teachings remain in our hearts with peace and harmony.