Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.
But achieving true peace entails much more than laying down arms. It requires the building of societies where all members feel that they can flourish. It involves creating a world in which people are treated equally, regardless of their race.
Indigenous Peoples play a crucial role in conservation of the environment and ecosystems, as their survival very much depends on the water, land, and natural resources. Indigenous Peoples are often called the custodians or stewards of the Earth. It is estimated that 25 percent of earth land surface is occupied, owned, and managed by Indigenous Peoples. This is no coincidence as Indigenous cultures are rooted in relationships with lands and territories.
In Nepal, people belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community are known as "Tesro lingi" (third gender). In Nepal, and in many other places in the world, members of the LGBTQIA+ community face lack of respect and acceptance due to discrimination. Families often reject them. They often become homeless, face bullying, and many are barred from accessing education.
Image: LGBTQIA+ Pride Flag, Wikimedia Commons
Music: Yawar Wawki-Yarina, titled ‘wawa’ music from Peru, used with Consent.