Every year, on August 23, the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is observed. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed August 23 as such in order to remind people of the tragedy of slave trade and gives people a possibility to learn about the history and consequences of the slave trade. International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is among several UN observances which commemorate the Transatlantic slave trade, which lasted for over 400 years, its enduring consequences, and the role of slaves in abolition.
Each year, UN encourages educators, artists, teachers and students to organize events regarding this day. People show their resistance against slavery through their artworks, music, theatre plays, dances and drama. Teachers and educators share knowledge about history and they promote tolerance and human rights. Non-governmental organizations, government agencies, youth associations are also actively involved in these activities in order to educate public about the slavery and its negative consequences.
We at Niagara Foundation hope you commemorate this day with us and remember those who fought to abolish the slave trade.
By Irma Geldiashvili
August 24, 2015