Today, October 2, is Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. He would have been 144 years old.
Gandhi was the leader of the Indian Independence Movement and he pioneered the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. I lived in New Delhi, India for 6 months and I loved hearing all about “Gandhi-ji” and the impact he has had on not only his country, but for the world.
The International Day of Non-Violence was created by the UN in 2007 to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness” (UN).
“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.”
One in three women throughout the world will experience physical and/or sexual violence by a partner or sexual violence by a non-partner. (WHO)
Violence is just one of the many issues that affect the lives of women and girls. To read more about gender-based violence, visit the Girls’ Globe Gender-based Violence Archive. Read a great article about Sexual Violence by GG Blogger, Emma. You can also read more about Women and Violence on the UN website.
“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Violence is real. There are many different forms of violence: domestic abuse, rape, child marriage, female circumcision, sexual harassment, prostitution, sex trafficking, and more.
Today, on the Day of International Non-Violence, make a commitment to non-violence.
Let’s put an end to gender-based violence. As we continue to empower women, they will also contribute to a future of nonviolence. Help us raise awareness and educate our communities in memory of the life of Mahatma Gandhi and the International Day of Non-Violence.
A few other favorite, inspirational quotes from Gandhi:
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ― Mahatma Gandhi