World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is annually held on May 21. The aim of this day is to promote tolerance, understanding, solidarity and peace among people in different cultures.
The culture is important part of our society, without culture there is no civilization. People are different, each of us have their own religion, way of living, different habits, language and we should accept people the way they are without being judgmental. We often built fences between people who are different from us, that is because we don’t understand them or we fear them. But the easies way to overcome this fear is simple to give change to people, to talk with them, listen them, to experience their culture. That is why travelling is the best way to remove stereotypes and to be open for other cultures. Most of the people who spend their life at the same place, without going anywhere, they just know what they seen on TV or other media, but that content is often incorrect and it show just one perspective. So we live in a knowledge that was imposed on us and we embrace it and live by that belief without a chance of removing that belief. Education is also one of the important components in being tolerant to others, the more we know, the more we understand and we are willing to embrace something that is different from our way of living.
The EU programs are more and more investing in youth mobility because they know if the youth get in touch with other cultures, they will accept it. The aim of this program is peace and tolerance among the countries and the best way to achieve it is while people are still young. With this we are on the way of creating a better world.
Three-quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension. Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development. Differences in culture can escalate into conflicts. At the same time, they can also be used to resolve the conflict. Culture gives people the directions that shape their judgments, perceptions, and ideas about themselves and others. Cultures are powerful forces that are often unconscious influencers.
Culture is not only about language, food, dress, traditions and customs. It is about nationality, ethnicity and race. On a deeper level, it is about generational beliefs, sexual orientations, socioeconomic class, ability, language, gender, religious and political affiliation and disability.
This day was created by UNESCO with the following goals:
- Support sustainable systems of governance for culture
- Achieve a balanced flow of cultural goods and services and increase mobility of artists and cultural professionals
- Integrate culture in sustainable development frameworks
- Promote human rights and fundamental freedoms
This day is something that we should always bare in mind, in our everyday life. Don’t judge before you know, because often stereotypes are nothing more then just stereotypes. We need to respect all the people on this planet, with respect come peace and that is what we need: a creation of better and more pleasant society and we do so by starting from ourselves and our approach to world.