International Day for Tolerance

International Day for Tolerance History

The International Day of Tolerance seeks to promote tolerance, respect, appreciation and cooperation amongst the world's different cultures. Tolerance refers to the recognition and acceptance of looks, opinions, beliefs and practices that differ from one's own. Tolerance is considered the backbone of human rights and fundamental freedoms as people are naturally different. Tolerance allows mixed communities to thrive and ensures that all humans are equally important.

The International Day of Tolerance was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1996. It has since been celebrated annually on November 16 by those who strive to unite the world through mutual understanding and respect.

International Day for Tolerance Facts & Quotes

  • You can counter intolerance in 5 ways:
    1) Fighting intolerance with law
    2) Fighting intolerance with education
    3) Fighting intolerance with access to information
    4) Fighting intolerance by individual awareness
    5) Fighting intolerance with local solutions
  • Xenophobia is the fear or hatred of strangers. It is another word for intolerance.
  • There are an estimated 939 active hate groups in the United States alone. Some of the biggest is the Ku Klux Klan and the Neo-Nazis.
  • Intolerances originated early in history during the slave trade where differences in race were not tolerated. One of the most recent and most well known examples of intolerance was the Holocaust during World War II, where religion was not tolerated.
  • In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. – Dalai Lama, Important monk from the Gelug School.

International Day for Tolerance Top Events and Things to Do

  • Spread awareness of social media by using the hashtags  #InternationalDayforTolerance, #ToleranceDay and #LoveNotHateTolerate.
  • Organize a sporting event in your community. Sports have shown to be a universal remedy for tolerance issues. Organizing a sporting event in your community, something as simple as a basketball or baseball game, can bring your community closer together and make everyone a little more tolerant.
  • Watch a movie about tolerance. Some suggestions are: Schindler’s List (1993), Invictus (2009), Selma (2014), and Hotel Rwanda (2004).
  • Assess the impact of tolerance on your society, its policies and your life. How does this compare to other societies? Do a bit of research to see how different types of governments and policies impact tolerance in a society.
  • Read a book about tolerance. Some suggestions are: The Intolerance of Tolerance, Just a Drop of Water and Goblinheart.

International Day for Tolerance - References and Related Sites

Tolerance Day
United Nations
UNESCO Tolerance

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