16th November: International Day for Tolerance
The world we live in is full of people with beliefs that differs from one another, different cultures are practiced in different nations of the world and yet people need to co-exist; these facts and more are the basis upon which the United Nations General Assembly in the year 1996 chose the 16th of November every year as the International Day for Tolerance.
Tolerance according to Merriam Webster dictionary is the willingness to accept feelings, habits or beliefs that are different from one’s own. Truly, this ability is greatly needed in the world of today where people of different tribes and ethnic group but from the same country are rising in violence against each other. Tolerance helps us to survive even in the midst of unpleasant situations.
The International Day for Tolerance preaches that every human must learn to live with others in peace according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The purpose of the declaration of this day is to strengthen the commitments of the United Nations Member States for mutual understanding and tolerance among cultures and peoples.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) on this International Day for Tolerance encourage Governments to promote tolerance amongst their people. In this era of widening conflicts and violent extremism, the effective tool of non-violence must be employed by all leaders and the message of tolerance should spread so as to make the world a peaceful place for all.