International Day of Peace – 21st September

Children in Zataari Camp in Jordan. Photo credit UN/Sahem Rababah

Children in Zataari Camp in Jordan. Photo credit UN/Sahem Rababah


The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

The theme for the International Day of Peace in 2018 is “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”. The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Soroptimists, Families and Friends are invited to the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) on Saturday 22nd September 2018 for a Day of Friendship. This is also the NMA’s Autumn Festival weekend so there will be a lot for people to do. Check on the NMA’s website to see what is happening. Come and visit for a day of Friendship and Fun, meet old friends make new friends. Look at the Soroptimist Flag flying at the SIGBI plot.

You can support SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions by seeking  peaceful resolution of conflict when disagreements arise around you.  You can be part of the solution by taking small steps. You can prevent an injustice at school or in your community by adopting a non-violent approach to problem solving and reporting potential crimes, including online bullying.
You can promote human rights by collecting and promoting videos of as many articles as possible in as many languages as possible. Record yourself reading one of the 30 articles of the Declaration in any of the 135 languages currently available and share your video with your friends.

You can engage by speaking up when others are at risk and stand with others’ human rights at work, in school and around the dinner table.

You can reflect how each of us can stand up for rights, every day.

Human rights are everyone’s rights.