Global Dignity Day 2019, will be observed on October 16th. Schools and young people throughout India are invited to discuss Dignity—what it means to them and their relationship with other people.
Global Dignity engages young people in understanding the values and principles behind what “dignity” means and aims to inspire the next generation to address the major challenges of our time by making positive change in their own communities.
The organization’s work is guided by a simple set of principles—that every person:
1. Has the right to pursue their purpose and meaning in life, and to reach their full potential.
2. Deserves to live in societies that provide humane access to education, health, income and security.
3. Should have their life, identity and beliefs respected by others.
4. Has the responsibility to create the conditions for others to fulfill their potential, acting to strengthen the dignity of others, building a foundation of freedom, justice and peace for this – and future generations.
5. Can put dignity into action by standing up against injustice, intolerance and inequality.
Apart from promoting dignity throughout India on a national level, Global Dignity India will also be recognizing young people around the country as Global Dignity Fellows who will become ambassadors of Global Dignity India and embody the core values of Global Dignity by living, practicing and teaching dignity to visiting schools and others organisations in their community.
To get involved and support Global Dignity India, or to know more, visit www.globaldignity.org/india
About Global Dignity
At the 2006 World Economic Forum, three Young Global Leaders (YGLs) sought to better understand the root cause of the violence, intolerance and injustice in our world. Their conclusion: a fundamental lack of dignity and recognition of our shared humanity. They came to the realization that the lack of a real understanding of the concept of dignity and the recognition of our shared humanity is at the heart of so much conflict and polarization.
Determined to unite more people in the belief that everyone deserves to live a life of dignity, these young leaders, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway; John Bryant, CEO and Founder of Operation HOPE; and Dr. Pekka Himanen, philosopher and author, launched Global Dignity with a workshop in one small classroom in Switzerland. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson joined the school visit, and were so moved by the experience, that both signed on as members of the new “Honorary Board” and Global Dignity was founded.
Global Dignity has since grown to a 70-nation-strong network of volunteer educators, civil society and business leaders, working to strengthen dignity-based values among young people in their communities. Through its annual Global Dignity Day in October and in year-round Dignity Workshops, Global Dignity reached a record 865,000 young people in 2018.
About Dr. Ashwin Naik
Ashwin Naik is an entrepreneur with interests in healthcare delivery, social entrepreneurship and health-tech startups.
He is passionate about healthcare access and an advocate for strong primary health as the backbone of healthcare systems worldwide. He consults with organisations around the world, as the founding partner of We Scale Impact. He is also a Resident Fellow at Ashoka, a pioneering network of social entrepreneurs worldwide. In addition he co-founded Vaatsalya (India’s first rural hospitals network) and Seraniti (India’s first integrated mental health organization). He also leads DisruptHealth, a health focused ecosystem enabler based in Bangalore/Pune and is actively involved in the sector as an advisor and angel investor. He also serves as a board member at multiple non-profit and for profit organisations.
He is the author of two books – The Healthcare Gamechangers, which profiles innovations around the world which have the potential to change the way healthcare is delivered, and #ChangeStartsYoung, a book about young changemakers who are starting their changemaker journey as early as 11 years young.
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