International Day of Pink: Wednesday April 9th – Students Encouraged to Wear Pink to Show Stance against Discrimination

Pink-shirt

Day of Pink is a day of action, created when a youth in a high school in Cambridge, Nova Scotia was bullied because he wore a pink shirt to school. His fellow peers decided to stand up to this bullying, and hundreds of students came to school wearing pink to show support for diversity and stopping discrimination, gender-bullying and homophobia.

The goal of DayofPink.org is to bring this message across the world, through an international day of action that anyone can take part in. Students are encouraged to wear pink in support of diversity and challenge gender stereotypes.

Across the world, discrimination continues to be the leading source of conflict. Discrimination can take many forms such as: ableism, classism, heterosexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, racism, sexism and transphobia. Stereotypes (ideas) may lead to prejudices (attitudes/feelings), which may lead to discrimination (actions). and affect how we work, study and treat one another. They also create barriers as well as increase bullying, harassment, hate and violence. DayofPink is more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity – it’s also a commitment to being open minded, to being understanding of differences and to learning to respect each other.

 

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