International Human Solidarity Day
This day is an invitation to become aware of the major contribution of solidarity in eradicating poverty and countering injustice.
According to the Larousse, solidarity is “a feeling that pushes men to give each other mutual help”. Within everyone’s reach, solidarity is associated with the value of mutual aid. It manifests itself in many ways every day: giving a helping hand to a friend, helping a sick person, knitting and offering your knitting to organizations for young people, underprivileged families, calling an isolated person, etc.
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community organizations have a common denominator: solidarity. It is at the heart of their mission and their actions. It is the same with the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Mary (SNJM) which supports NGOs and community organizations and works in collaboration with others to express this solidarity with people in need, homelessness, survivors of human trafficking, etc.
As the United Nations points out, the very concept of solidarity has defined the work of the organization since its inception. It was founded on the basis of collective security based on solidarity among all its members in order to “maintain international peace and security”.
The International Human Solidarity Day wishes to highlight the contribution of solidarity to the achievement of international goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, multilateral agreements and other action programs.
Among the objectives pursued with this day created in 2006, we find:
- Raising public awareness about the importance of solidarity
- Celebration of unity and diversity
- Reminding governments to respect their international commitments
- Encouraging new initiatives to fight poverty
- Supporting measures to promote solidarity in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)