The text below is an excerpt from the original article by Giovanna Mingarelli, published October 14, 2014 on The Huffington Post.
On Friday night, Malala Yousafzai shared her thoughts on being the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize — along with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi — at the Library of Birmingham in the UK.
In her opening lines, the 17-year-old Pakistani role model and female education activist discussed one of the pillars that form the foundation of her work.
Namely, it doesn’t matter the language you speak, the color of your skin or what religion you believe in — what matters is we should all consider each other as human beings and respect each other as such.
This is a particularly important message for youth.
Malala’s message is being shared around the world this week as the international youth empowerment organization, Global Dignity, gears-up for Global Dignity Day with over 400,000 youth in 71 countries on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014.
A Facebook banner for Global Dignity’s globally crowdsourced Less. More. campaign.
Global Dignity’s mandate is simple: In a day and age where there is so much conflict in the world (between cultures, religions, generations, socioeconomic classes, and more), there is a great need for broad agreement on something unifying, something that encourages and even grows a sense of community.
That something is dignity.
Global Dignity offers teachers, students and partners (such as Right To Play and TakingITGlobal, amongst others) all the material they need to host dignity workshops. During the workshops students are invited to discuss what dignity means to them and why it is important — these range anywhere from 20 minute sessions to full-day, school-wide events — such as the event I attended at Asker High School outside of Oslo, Norway.