By: Chanice Lee
Every day, new campaigns, movements, and organizations are created in an effort to support people who need it the most. From wearing pink for breast cancer, to purple ribbons for domestic violence survivors, millions of people all over the world show their acts of solidarity in various ways. International Human Solidarity Day was created by the United Nations in 2005 to outline the several fundamental and universal values that should exist between people in the twenty-first century and beyond. So without further ado, here are the top 3 ways you can take your activism to the next level this International Human Solidarity Day:
Understand What Solidarity Means
Solidarity is defined as unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest or mutual support within a group. To my U.S. members of Girl Up, it is important to remember that your solidarity should not stop at U.S. borders. Paying attention to global issues is super important!
Keep An Open Mind
Oftentimes, we tend to shy away from things that don’t fit into our comfort zone, but sometimes leaning out of our comfort zones can provide the greatest opportunities and possibilities we would have never imagined.
Lastly, the most important step is to actually take action. If you have difficulties thinking of acts of solidarity that you can do or be apart of, ask yourself “What can I do to help others?”
Have a happy International Human Solidarity and always remember what this day truly stands for:
- a day to celebrate our unity in diversity;
- a day to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements;
- a day to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity;
- a day to encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals including poverty eradication;
- a day of action to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication.