International Day for Non-Violence

October 2nd, 2015 All Day

“There are many causes that I am prepared to die for,
but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.”

“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

 

"Non-Violence", a sculpture by Karl Fredrik Reutersward, permanently exhibited outside UN Headquarters in New York. (Paulo Filgueiras/UN Photo)

“Non-Violence”, a sculpture by Karl Fredrik Reutersward, permanently exhibited outside UN Headquarters in New York. (Paulo Filgueiras/UN Photo)

 

The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

The UN General Assembly resolution establishing the International Day states it is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”.

It reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.