International Day of Tolerance shines light on prejudice

Many people face prejudice on a daily basis, and not just in America. Lives around the world are often undermined and ruined because of negative stereotypes and perceptions. People have had enough, and change has been made in an attempt to limit the amount of prejudgment made on a person simply because they hail from a different place, or they believe in something different.

  Thursday, November 16th was the International Day for Tolerance. The International Day for Tolerance was declared in 1996, following the 1995 declaration of the National Day for Tolerance for the United Nations (UN). The goal of the International Day for Tolerance is to bring a mutual understanding to different people and cultures.   

  The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) director, General Audrey Azoulay, shared what he believes tolerance stands for.

  “Tolerance is an act of humanity, which we must nurture and enact in our own lives every day, to rejoice in the diversity that makes us strong and the values that bring us together.”

  Recently, the UN has launched a new program, known as TOGETHER. Together is a global program that aims to reduce negative perception of refugees and migrant, and wishes to strengthen relations between host countries and migrants and refugees. TOGETHER wants to engage citizens to be supportive of migrants and refugees, and they do so by providing a platform for migrants and refugees to tell their stories about how their community has grown better because they are there.

  We live in an incredibly violent and unforgiving world, where people are judged based on where they come from, and what religion they are, and it should end. The International Day for Tolerance is a beacon of hope for those who are prejudiced around the world. It is a sign of a much needed change.

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