Today's Kindness #218: November 18, 2022
✌🏼✊🏼Stand Up To Bullying✊🏼✌🏼
International Stand Up to Bullying Day is observed twice a year in February and November. In February, it is on the last Friday of the month while in November, the day takes place on the third Friday of the month. It will next be observed on November 18. It's observed by schools, workplaces, and organizations in more than 25 countries. Bullying can have lasting effects on a person's psyche, and it is important to recognize instances of bullying and put an end to them immediately.
The November event coincides with Anti-Bullying Week. Those participating in the day sign and wear pink "pledge shirts" to take a public stand against bullying. The shirts convey displeasure for bullying and extend support to the victims. It is a non-confrontational way to stand up against bullies. It first took place in February 2008, when 236 schools, workplaces, and organizations participated by wearing pink pledge shirts. Each participating school, workplace, or organization hosts its stand with aid provided by event coordinators. Organizations such as Bully Help Initiatives are committed to developing effective support structures for victims.
How To Observe:
Take a stand against bullying. Extend your support to victims by wearing a pink shirt on International Stand Up to Bullying Day.
Post about the day to your social media accounts and tell people about the importance of the day. You can also post helpline numbers and the legal steps that a victim can take against bullies.
Organize an Event at Your Workplace
If your workplace doesn't observe the day, let HR know that you would like to encourage your coworkers to join you in the observation. It's valuable in the workplace as well.
"Never let anyone bully you, no matter what. For your life is a gift, you were created for a purpose, and you alone have the right to determine what that is. Always stand up for what's right"
~ Christine C. Taing