About Global Dignity Day
In 2016, over 680,000 young people, teachers and volunteers from all walks of life celebrated Global Dignity Day in over 70 countries around the world.
Are you going to join us this year? We hope so.
“The spirit of Ubuntu is very difficult to render into Western language. It speaks of the very essence of being human. You are generous, caring and compassionate. It means that my humanity is bound up in yours,” and embodies the ideas of community, connection, caring and kindness.”
Bishop Desmond Tutu
Through Global Dignity Day gatherings and workshops, we help the next generation tap into values of kindness, understanding, tolerance and compassion. Join us and find creative ways of helping children and young people connect with their own unique, special value and sense of possibility about their futures — and reinforce how important it is that they honor these same qualities in others.
Ubuntu is the African concept of our shared humanity. Bishop Desmond Tutu, a member of our Honorary Board, and a leader of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, says it best: “The spirit of Ubuntu is very difficult to render into Western language. It speaks of the very essence of being human. You are generous, caring and compassionate. It means that my humanity is bound up in yours,” and embodies the ideas of community, connection, caring and kindness.”
How You Can Get Involved
Our work is guided by a simple set of principles, that every person:
Has the right to pursue their purpose and meaning in life, and to reach their full potential.
Deserves to live in societies that provide humane access to education, health, income and security.
Has their life, identity and beliefs respected by others.
Has the responsibility to create the conditions for others to fulfill their potential, acting to strengthen the dignity of others, building a foundation of freedom, justice and peace for this, and future generations.
Believes that dignity in action means standing up against injustice, intolerance and inequality.
“Global Dignity’s efforts to inspire young people to lead a more dignified life depends on the amazing volunteers we work with around the world. They not only inspire and engage the next generation, but for each of us that get involved, it is also a life-changing and amazingly up-lifting experience. If you dream of creating a better future in your community, I encourage you to join our Global Dignity family, wherever you live.”
Soulaima Gourani, Founding Country Chair, Denmark
Need Help Planning Your Event?
We’ve created a variety of curriculum and learning experiences, resources links on dignity and a Tool Kit to help you organize Dignity Day as well as a Tool Kit to help you organize small group Dignity Workshops in classrooms, community and youth groups, under tents in refugee camps – anytime and anywhere.
Most of our Country Chairs and Partner Organizations who started out by organizing Global Dignity Day each October, have expanded their efforts to organizing year-round forums and workshops as well as celebrating the Day each Fall.