The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is marked on August 23 every year in order to remind people about the adversity of the overseas slave trade. It caters a hefty chance to the people to give a thought about the historic and extremely significant causes, the approaches and the related outcomes of the slave trade around the affected regions.
UNESCO designated August 23 as The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition to honor and observe the transatlantic slave trade. This particular date is crucial as in the year 1791 amid the night of August 22 to August 23 on the island of Saint Dominguez a revolt started which proposed the events that were quite crucial and relevant facets in the eradication of the transatlantic slave trade. That specific date was picked up by the embracement of the resolution 29 C/40 through the General Conference of that organization at its 29th conference.
The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was initially renowned in numerous countries on August 23, 1998 in Haiti, and in Senegal on August 23, 1999. Every year the UNESCO tends to acknowledge the international group regarding the significance of recalling this special day. This day not only observes the abolition of slave trade but also offers honor and tribute to those people who made serious efforts to abolish the system of slave trade and slavery from this world. This dedication and promptness tend to battle in contrary to the way of slavery. This had a powerful influence over the movement of human rights.
How People Celebrate This Day?
Numerous events and fests take place on this particular day as the remembrance of the victims of Transatlantic Slave Trade. This comprises the reminder and remembrance services for the people who lost their lives because of the slave trade system. Various campaigns are held to observe the relevancy of this day. People from across the globe are being invited by the United Nations to celebrate the significance of The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. These include students, artists, and the educators from around the globe to initiate and set up the related events which revolve around the chief theme of this day. Different people belonging from different backgrounds and work profile tend to participate in the events of this day such as musicians, painters, teachers and cultural organizations. They all contribute their bit to add the merriness in the celebration of such a big day. The chief objective behind their performance is to express the opposition against slavery.
Traditional communities, companies, cultural organizations, performers, and artists take active part on this day by expressing their opposition against the slave trade system and slavery through their individual or group performances.
The nurturers and educators encourage the day by educating the society regarding the factual and historical events related to slavery and the system of slave trade, the impact and sharing the positive outlook. There are many communities, organizations such as youth associations; public agencies and NGOs etc. initiate an effective step to inform people about the outcomes of slave trade and to honor the efforts of people in abolishing this system.