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International Peace Day: End Racism, Build Peace, By Nnene Bassey

by Inclusive News Network

Tranquility is my delight for development, unity and progress. Placidity is unique to an individual, a community, society and the world which opens doors for equality regardless of race and embrace social inclusion.

The International Day of Peace (or World Peace Day) celebrated annually on September 21 is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

At a time when war and violence often monopolize our news cycles, the International Day of Peace is an inspiring reminder of what we can create together. Peace. Let’s give it a chance!

Racism poisons the mind, corrupt the Society, breeds discrimination, increase historic trauma, brings about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), results in psychological disorder thus induce stigmatization, segregation, low self esteem, isolation at times suicide.

In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly declared the third Tuesday of September as International Day of Peace. This day coincided with the opening day of the annual sessions of the General Assembly. The purpose of the day was and still remains, to strengthen the ideals of peace around the world.

Two decades after establishing this day of observance, in 2001, the assembly moved the date to be observed annually on September 21. So, beginning in 2002, September 21 marks not only a time to discuss how to promote and maintain peace among all peoples but also a 24-hour period of global ceasefire and non-violence for groups in active combat.

Peace is possible. Throughout history, most societies have lived in peace most of the time. Today, we are much less likely to die in war than our parents or grandparents.

Nnene Bassey is a disability rights advocate and President, Advocacy for Persons with Albinism Network

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