On September 21, people all over the world mark the International Day of Peace. This day has been designated by the UN General Assembly as a time to enhance the values of peace by engaging in a 24-hour period of nonviolence and a cease-fire.
But more than just putting down weapons is required to achieve lasting peace. Building societies where everyone feels they can thrive is necessary. It entails establishing a society in where everyone is treated fairly, regardless of race.
According to Secretary-General António Guterres:
We have observed racial discrimination at borders as wars continue to flare around the world and force people to flee. We have observed that some racial groups have been struck considerably harder than others as COVID-19 continues to strike our neighbourhoods. As economies struggle, racial minorities have been the target of hate speech and acts of violence.
In order to promote peace, each of us must play a part. And one important way to participate is to combat racism.
We may fight to undermine the institutionalised racism in our society. All across the world, we may help movements for equality and human rights. We have the power to condemn hate speech, both online and off.
Education is one of the best ways we can advance antiracism.