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International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief

Thursday
22
August

What is International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief?

This day both commemorates the victims of violence based on religion or belief and denounces the continuing violence. The increasing intensity and vast number of attacks lead to the UN General Assembly designating this international day.

The purpose of the day is primarily for the promotion and protection of the human rights, of individuals who belong to all religions and religious minorities. This includes their right to exercise their religion or belief freely, without fear of crimes against them, their homes, families, businesses or places of worship.

How is International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief observed?

There are events globally to mark the occasion and many places of worship and interfaith groups commemorate the day to raise awareness.

International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief and Employment

Remembering employees who have lost their lives, and sharing personal experiences reminds us to be considerate of other people’s beliefs and differences, making the workplace safer and more comfortable for everyone. As an employer there are many ways to raise awareness and understanding of different religions and to highlight the violence and loss people have experienced.

These include:

  • Sharing information about the day and why it is important.
  • Sharing experiences, case studies and news articles via the company intranet, newsletters and noticed boards.
  • Encouraging employees to ask questions.
  • Inviting staff of different religions to share their experience, knowledge and beliefs.
  • Reviewing training offered to employees, to include religion and cultural awareness.