The United Nations officially declared International Nelson Mandela Day or Mandela Day in November 2009. Every year on July 18, Mandela Day commemorates the birthday of the former President of South Africa. The day is celebrated around the world to honor the achievements of the anti-apartheid leader and to continue his legacy for a better future.
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South Africa’s first black and democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, dedicated his life to empowering women and men, regardless of religion and race, and promoting dialogue and solidarity for justice and lasting peace. He fought for the fundamental rights of all people.
Mandela Day, also known as Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrates the South African leader’s 67-year struggle against racial discrimination and human rights abuses. He was the country’s first black president. The purpose of this day is to inspire everyone to follow Mandela’s ideology and vision and make a difference in their community.
The resolution also recognizes the former South African president’s commitment to “conflict resolution; race relations; promotion and protection of human rights; reconciliation; gender equality and rights for children and other vulnerable groups; combating poverty and promoting social justice,” according to the United Nations.
According to the United Nations, the theme for International Nelson Mandela Day 2022 is “Do what you can, do what you can, do what you can”. The issue is relevant given the geopolitical landscape in Eastern Europe, as well as sporadic conflicts in the Horn of Africa and subsequent crises in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and other parts of the world, the UN Secretary-General noted. Last year was when one hand could feed the other.