International Day of Non-Violence
Since 2007, the world commemorates the International Day of Non-Violence on October 2. The day is also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.
The International Day is an occasion to disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness (United Nations). The resolution establishing the day reaffirms the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence and the desire to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence.
The principle of non-violence — also known as non-violent resistance — rejects the use of physical violence in order to achieve social or political change. Often described as “the politics of ordinary people”, this form of social struggle has been adopted by mass populations all over the world in campaigns for social justice.
On October 2, we encourage our members to take part in the #Morethanfootball campaign and celebrate with us the International Day of Non-Violence.
Football players have increasingly been using their platforms to raise awareness and lend credence to anti-racism initiatives. Images of these stars displaying messages on tee-shirts after scoring, kneeling and lending support are helping more people begin to have these crucial conversations.
Ideas for #Morethanfootball activities:
- post social media and website content supporting the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement
- seek partnership with organisations working in social justice in your area
- highlight and celebrate the diversity within your club and foundation
- raise awareness of respect, fair play and friendship
- showcase programmes that promote fair play and (intercultural) understanding