Despite strong efforts, bullying continues to be a major challenge in schools, workplaces, homes, and more recently, online through social media and gaming platforms.
Today, February 24th marks Pink Shirt Day, to raise awareness of this issue and to help foster children’s healthy self-esteem.
Pink Shirt Day was inspired by an act of kindness in Nova Scotia, where two boys organized a high school protest to wear pink in support of a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied (for wearing pink).
Overnight, the boys rallied dozens of other students to show up the next day wearing a pink shirt and stand up for the injustice which stopped the bullying.
What started as a small but mighty gesture, has inspired other youth to support each other and help end bullying. Fourteen years later, it has grown into a global movement with over 180 countries that support Pink Shirt Day.
Pink Shirt Day is an opportunity for our community to support one another and take a stand against bullying. Today and everyday, I encourage you to practice kindness.