World Humanitarian Day – 19th August 2020
The 19th of August every year is celebrated as World Humanitarian Day. This day marks a tribute to all front-line workers and those people who are generally facing the brunt of any crisis situation.
The day is usually held as a rally for those who contribute relentlessly towards the society to help those who are in a crisis situation. It could be a disaster or a violence-prone area; people who go out of their ways to offer help and bring the affected communities to a safer place are given a day of respect.
There are greater souls who also risk and lose their lives in such activities of service. Let’s read more about World Humanitarian Day in this article.
Let’s read its history, importance, themes, and other celebration modes to serve as an ode to the people serving in the line of humanity.
World Humanitarian Day History
Humanity in the broadest sense means offering service or charity activities selflessly without any intentions. World humanitarian day came into effect after the death of Sergio Vieira de Mello and his close 21 associates after they were killed at a bombing scene in the UN centre at Baghdad.
Baghdad came into the fore of world issues because military personnel capsized the country, and the citizens were badly affected by the events that took place. Sergio, a native of Brazil, took to humanitarian efforts and deployed himself with his associates to serve people and help them come out of their inherent troubles.
The world witnessed a grave situation as Governments collided overpowers, but victims were usually the common men who suffered the most.
In this regard, Sergio vowed to establish in the country a paradise of peace and tranquillity, a place for love and brotherhood. He spent almost three decades working day in and day out, serving those affected by warring nations and tried to his best to alleviate the pain of thousands of them.
Yet, all these efforts took to their worst when the entire group was wiped out in a single act of bombing that led the UN General Assembly to commemorate the day in his name.
Significance of World Humanitarian Day 2020
The year 2019 saw the commemoration of women front line workers who served their nations and the world on several humanitarian causes. Women, especially in the war-prone Afghanistan area, worked without caring for their own lives.
Hence World Humanitarian Day is celebrated as a response to their service. The importance of this day can also be directly linked to the need to create a special law for these front line workers who treat others without caring for their own lives and families that they leave behind when crisis strikes them.
The UN saw the pressing need to create an international protection law for these humanitarians. They are prone to various kinds of dangers and life threats while serving humanitarian tasks.
It could be natural disasters or man-made conflicts. Thereby, they always put service before their lives. They and their families need security and assurance in this regard. Hence, humanitarians are a boon to society.
They are known for providing service in various areas of world challenges like hunger elimination, gender bias and female discrimination, violence against women, settlement of refugees, helping poor children get access to food, clean water and education, helping rural areas get access to good sanitation facilities, etc.
World Humanitarian Day 2020 Themes
The term Humanity and those who serve humanity, namely the humanitarians are a broad group to be addressed. So, in particular, every year, a different theme may be chosen to celebrate and applaud their timeless efforts.
Past themes include celebrating women in the line of work for their tireless efforts without even thinking about their own lives and families.
It was in 2019 that 24 women were celebrated for becoming global change-makers. They helped revive conditions at various cities, villages, towns and sent a message out to the world.
They became the messengers of humanity and served various human lives without going back and thinking about their personal lives.
World Humanitarian Day 2020 Celebration
World Humanitarian Day is close to advocating a tireless principle for a lifetime. It calls for a non-payable or sometimes payable job, a service, a rally for humanity that provides service 24*7, with continued support during emergencies, no holidays, no weekends and thus the highest work of honour.
The people involved in such great humanitarian tasks are to be celebrated, not just for a day or two, but for the entire year. We have to advocate their qualities of service; we ought to amplify their stories, their efforts towards mankind, spread stories everywhere on these front line heroes.
We could dedicate a day of celebration for all the humanitarian workers by campaigning for them, joining a social campaign cause to give wings to their stories, organising a theme party for them, offering unconditional support gesture to civilians affected by wars and crisis, etc.
The main agenda of the day is to spread the word. Volunteers who organise parties and celebrations for humanitarian workers should involve in creating awareness.
Donors who can contribute to humanitarian tasks should be encouraged to do so. The lives of front line workers are also a big matter of concern. Hence support for them is vital.
Other celebration activities, in general, could include setting up of information distribution outlets, fairs for generating donations, volunteer support channel inauguration activities, setting up societies and clubs for humanitarian workers.
Gifting the humanitarian class of workers serves as a big relief from the normal daily routine. Volunteers should spend some time in identifying the perfect gifting technique to bring a smile on those millions of humanitarian workers who strive and struggle daily to nurture smiles on others’ lives.
Sacrificing our own lives for the sake of others’ happiness is the ultimate contribution of humanity. Let us celebrate a day in honour of their efforts, let’s celebrate humanity and let’s help them to build others lives by resonating safety and sustainability in their own lives too. Societies and clubs for humanitarian tasks could be a great idea too!