October 2, The International Day of Non-Violence

The United Nations marked the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, non-violence resistance- and peace- leader from India, as the International Day of Non-Violence in 2007.

Eleven years have passed since the General Assembly established this commemoration with the aspiration to “secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.

“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,” Gandhi prompted us.

The Non-Violence movement is based on a personal pledge to be harmless. Not just to others, but to ourselves too, under any condition.

How successfully have humankind managed to take Gandhi’s advice to heart? Have people stepped any closer to the ideology of non-violent coexistence?

If not now, any time soon? NO!

To be more precise, some aspects of the definition have been progressing, others receding. Although we can be sure about one issue: the globe is not yet anywhere near a non-violent state.

Latest Global Peace Index by Vision of Humanity
Latest Global Peace Index by Vision of Humanity

From a distance, this map seems even reassuring. Don’t be lulled into thinking so, scrutinising the violent action indicators below reveals a drastically different dilemma of dissent:

Regions By Overall Peacefulness 2018
Regions By Overall Peacefulness 2018

Below is a breakdown for a few selected different kinds of violent action changes from the recent past:

  • Self-harm(2) and suicide rates(3) are on the rise.
  • Global death rates in conflicts(4) are increasing again after nearly three decades of continuous reduction which was heading towards zero fatalities. Around the turn of the new millennium, this trend of fewer and fewer deaths due to conflicts had about-faced. Since then, they have been on the rise again—seemingly unstoppable. Despite all efforts, since the 19th century, global conflicts are getting more and more frequent.
  • 61% increase of killed people in terrorist attacks since 2001(4).
  • 1 out of 10 girls (under 18) were forced to have sex(4).
  • 2-4 MILLION women abused annually(4).

What are you still waiting for? It is up to all of us to defend the world in a non-violent manner!

(1) http://www.visionofhumanity.org/
(2) http://www.nhs.uk/news/mental-health/worrying-rise-reports-self-harm-among-teenage-girls-uk/
(3) http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicideprevent/en/
(4) http://ourworldindata.org/war-and-peace/

Call to action:

  1. Read more → sustainabledevelopment.un.org
  2. Initiate conversations about the importance of non-violence/peace in the world in your locality.
  3. Find a project and reach out to the host entity to support them with advice or funds to deliver it, especially west African entities. The reason is the urgent need to deliver SDG-related changes there.
  4. Sponsor and motivate someone in your world to take a global volunteer project with AIESEC → aiesec.org/global-volunteer. I suggest one in the Benin Republic→ aiesec.org/opportunity/870351

Admittedly, AIESEC initiatives have barely any resources to make things happen—it is a real struggle—I was the Marketing Director in Benin for the 2015-16 term. For more information about my predicament there, please contact me directly at krisztina.kapuvari@aiesec.net.

Article was written by Krisztina Kapuvári (findyourownlight) and originally posted on 2nd October 2018 on Alumnet of AIESEC Alumni International – the platform available only for registered AIESEC alumnus.

Reposted on “whatareyoustillwaitingfor” blog, available for public.


Original Article Rights:

  • Drafted by Kriszti@whatareyoustillwaitingfor.space
  • Illustrated by Kriszti@whatareyoustillwaitingfor.space
  • Edited by Lee@whatareyoustillwaitingfor.space
  • Published by Lee@whatareyoustillwaitingfor.space

To support the enthusiastic group of few in the war against ignorance, follow this: https://www.amazon.com/What-Still-Waiting-World-Dying-ebook/dp/B079SWGJH7

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