At The Little Market, our mission is dedicated to supporting dignified income opportunities for individuals in marginalized communities all over the world. A core part of our mission is to raise awareness for human rights and social justice issues. Here on Cultural Exchange, we share avenues in which our readers can use their voices and actions to help others. Today, we Recognize International Day of Friendship.
In 1997, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proposed International Day of Friendship to the UN General Assembly. International Day of Friendship was created to promote conflict resolution through friendship in solidarity. Friendship is a simple way to prevent forces of division from threatening peace, security, development, and social harmony throughout the world. The global community can become stronger, and peaceful relations can be maintained.
“The UN encourages governments, international organizations and civil society groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that contribute to the efforts of the international community towards promoting a dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.” – United Nations
In 1998, following the introduction of International Day of Friendship, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World to recognize, educate, and prevent the harmful effects of violence on children. In the adoption of this Day and International Decade for a Culture of Peace, the action plan to building peace and friendship would be as such:
- foster a culture of peace through education;
- promote sustainable economic and social development;
- promote respect for all human rights;
- ensure equality between women and men;
- foster democratic participation;
- advance understanding, tolerance, and solidarity;
- support participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge;
- promote international peace and security.
Photo by Valorie Darling Photography
In the spirit of solidarity, we connect with artisans groups all around the world to empower and be a friend in the global market. We utilize our voices and resources for the improvement of community, family, and work relationships. We represent a community that believes that all people, regardless of their gender, race, and religion, and where they are born, deserve respect and the opportunity to support themselves and their families through dignified work opportunities.
Thank you for your support of The Little Market and being our supporters and friends!