International Day For Tolerance – November 16, 2020

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What is International Day for Tolerance

International Day of Tolerance on November 16 is a great opportunity for you to think back and recall the last time you had a different perspective than one of your friends? When’s the last time you’ve had to learn something about their culture? We’re betting it wasn’t that long ago. And that’s why, since 1996, we’ve celebrated International Day For Tolerance on November 16. 

History of International Day for Tolerance

It was started by the UN General Assembly, with the goal of getting educational institutions and the general public to see tolerance as a staple of society. And it came after the United Nations declared a Year for Tolerance in 1995. 
In 1995, UNESCO created the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance as a way to define and provide awareness of tolerance for any and all governing and participating bodies. That day in 1995 was November 16. Now, as an anniversary of that Declaration, we celebrate the International Day for Tolerance every November 16 to help spread tolerance and raise awareness of any intolerance that my still be prevalent in the world today. Although we should be tolerant every day, it’s always good to have one occasion to remind us just how important tolerance is. 
Additionally, UNESCO created an award to recognize those with great achievements in promoting the spirit of tolerance or non-violence in fields such as science, culture, and the arts. The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize and the UNESCO International Day for Tolerance both recognize that tolerance is a universal human right and a fundamental freedom of others. 

International Day For Tolerance timeline


The birth of a day

The International Day of Tolerance is created as a way to commemorate the the passing of Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. 


The Civil Rights Act is Enacted

Potentially the single most important piece of legislation for tolerance and equality in U.S. history, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. 


A dream is born

During the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech in which he advocated for a wold of tolerance and equality through non-violent means. 


Gandhi Returns

After spending 21 year working as a lawyer, activities, and community organizer in South Africa helping indigenous peoples against British colonizers, Gandhi returns to India to help his homeland fight for freedom through non-violence and tolerance.

International Day For Tolerance FAQs

Why is the International Day for Tolerance important?

Because it helps spread awareness of intolerance and educates how to be more tolerant. A few things the world could really use more of right now.

How do you celebrate tolerance day?

By learning more about tolerance and intolerance and celebrating the differences between cultures. Start a conversation with someone with a differing viewpoint, you’ll likely find you have more in common and different.

On which date the 2018 International Day for Tolerance was observed recently?

Since its inception in 1995, International Day for Tolerance has always observed on November 16.

Which date has been declared as World Tolerance Day by the Unesco?

November 16 is the International Day of Tolerance. It has been this day since its inception by the United Nations in 1995. 

How to Observe International Day For Tolerance

  1. Read About Different Cultures

    Reading about different cultures or nationalities is one of the best ways to help break down your intolerances that you may not know you have, as well as help increase your awareness of other intolerances throughout the world. In order to celebrate tolerance, you may oftentimes need to first make yourself aware of intolerance. 

  2. Listen to Neighbors Who Have Different Viewpoints

    Listening to others is a great way to open your perspective and take a better look at the world and how you perceive it. Tolerance and intolerance can only identified by listening more to those who may have suffered at the hands of intolerance and hearing what they have to say it. 

  3. Participate in Events of Remembrance or Advocacy

    If you want to truly help celebrate International Day of Tolerance the best thing to do is go out and participate. Whether it's a candle light vigil for the victims of intolerance or a lecture from an esteemed activist or thought leader, getting out there and getting involved will only help you grow. 

Why International Day For Tolerance is Important

  1. It's educational

    International Day for Tolerance is a great educational resource to help learn about how to be a more tolerant person but also the intolerances that may still be happening around the world. 

  2. It brings us together

    Inherently based on the idea that humans should come together rather be divided, International Day for Tolerance is a day to celebrate the differences between cultures and creeds and appreciate what they bring to our lives. 

  3. It's important

    International Day of Tolerance is important because, although great strides have been made, more work needs to be done to eradicate intolerance throughout the world. By increasing awareness and spreading education on such a day as this one, it helps play an active role in the elimination of intolerance. 

International Day For Tolerance dates
2020November 16Monday
2021November 16Tuesday
2022November 16Wednesday
2023November 16Thursday
2024November 16Saturday