Ending violence starts with each of us says Secretary-General in message marking International Day of Non-ViolenceListen / The UN Secretary-General is encouraging people everywhere to work for a world of lasting justice, peace and prosperity for all.
The call comes in a message on the International Day of Non-Violence, observed 2 October, which also marks the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.
"Gandhi showed the power of peacefully opposing oppression, injustice and hatred.
His example has inspired many other history-makers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Václav Havel, Rigoberta Menchú and Nelson Mandela. Their message to each of us is to champion human dignity and reject intolerance." (25″)
Mr. Ban said non-violence is neither inert nor passive as it requires resolve to stand against injustice, discrimination and brutality and to demand respect for diversity and fundamental rights.
The Secretary-General said ending violence can start with each of us—in homes, schools and workplaces, adding that while violence can be contagious, so can peaceful dialogue.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.