Global Dignity Day - 19 October (Third Wednesday of October)

The third Wednesday of October recognizes Global Dignity Day. The initiative educates & inspires youth to help them better understand their self-worth. The day also taps into the values of kindness, understanding, tolerance, and compassion.

We define dignity as the state or quality of being worthy of honor and respect. The primary principles of Global Dignity Day include:

  • The right of every human being to live a dignified life
  • Access to health care, education, income, and security to help reach one’s full potential
  • The freedom to make decisions about one’s life
  • Dignity as the guiding factor for every action
  • Our dignity is interdependent with the dignity of others.

All of these factors point to one mission. The mission of Global Dignity Day is “to unite everyone with the belief that we all deserve to live a life of dignity.”

In 2005 an American entrepreneur, a Finnish professor, and a Norwegian Prince came together to create Global Dignity Day. These three friends believed that human dignity was at the center of positive social change. They aspired to create a special day for school-aged children to have candid conversations about the meaning of dignity.

The first official observance took place on October 20, 2008. During the event, school classes were invited to discuss what dignity meant to them and their relationships with other people. Since then, Global Dignity Day has been celebrated each year on the third Wednesday of October. More than 250,000 people in over 70 countries join the most recent celebration in 2018.


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