Pink Shirt Day 2014

Speak Up. Stand Together. Stop Bullying – 23 May

People throughout the country are encouraged to wear pink shirts on May 23 to celebrate diversity and take a collective stand against bullying.

Pink Shirt Day started in Canada in 2007 when two high school students decided to stand up for a friend who had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. It is now a global campaign aimed at reducing bullying and celebrating diversity.  Pink Shirt Day aims to create a New Zealand where all people feel safe, valued and respected.

This year, the theme for Pink Shirt Day is the power we all have to prevent bullying. Everyone has the power to ask for help, the power to change behavior and the power to intervene. What you do makes a difference, so take action: wear a pink shirt on May 18th and start a conversation.

If you are being bullied at school, find out where to get support in the Commission’s Bullying at school FAQ. Students from minority groups are more likely to be bullied. Examples in New Zealand include bullying of disabled, Asian, queer and trans students. If you are bullied for these reasons, or because of one of the other grounds of discrimination in the Human Rights Act, you can complain to the Human Rights Commission:

Evidence suggests bullying has a long term negative effect on children’s behavioural, emotional, social and educational adjustment. The Youth ’07 report found that 33% of students who had been bullied had been because they were gay, or people thought they were. Rainbow Youth is one of the champions of Pink Shirt Day in Aotearoa.

Saturday the 17th of May is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). It’s a day when people all over the world speak out against discrimination that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The IDAHO theme this year is homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.

Watch this IDAHO video by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Pink Shirt Day is supported by local businesses and schools throughout the country.

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