International Day of Non-violence is marked on October 2, coinciding with the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of the Indian Independence Movement and the founder of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.
This day is set in 2007, when according to the United Nations Resolution, as an opportunity to “spread the message of non-violence, through education and public awareness”, always “considering that non-violence, tolerance, full respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms for everyone, democracy, development, mutual understanding and respect for diversity are interrelated and strengthen, reaffirm the universal importance of the principle of non-violence and the aspiration to set a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.
CIVIL has been following the principles of non-violence and pledges for human rights and freedoms since its establishment in 1999. As an organization that stands for a world in which all people live in peace and democratic society, attempts to overcome the cult against guns and promotes the principle of complete freedom of expression, on the International Day of Non-violence urges citizens to work together to expand the message for active participation in creating a society that cares for tolerance, mutual understanding and respect, building communities on the principles of peace and non-violence in resolving conflict situations.
“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,” Mahatma Gandhi.
“Be the change you want to see in the world,” Gandhi said, and starting from ourselves as individuals, but also as a collective – to build a culture of peace, tolerance and non-violence.
The Republic of North Macedonia, as a UN member, is obliged to fully respect this resolution, investing mostly in education and raising public awareness for caring about values based on the principle of non-violence.