World Red Cross Day 2021: Theme, significance, importance.

World Red Cross Day is also known as Red Crescent Day is celebrated on May 8 every year.

This date marks the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, who is the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

He is also a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He was born on May 8, 1828.

It is an annual celebration of their principles. The day is celebrated by the Red Cross society across all the countries.

It works for the welfare of people. World Red Cross Society provides for food shortages, natural disasters, wars as well as diseases of an epidemic.

World Red Cross Day 2021: Theme

The theme of World Red Cross Day 2021 is ‘Together we are unstoppable’!

On this World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, we celebrate our long journey and reaffirm our commitment to our humanitarian mission.

World Red Cross Day: History

The first Red Cross Day was celebrated on May 8, 1948. In 1946 in World War II, the Tokyo proposal was put into effect. The possibility of an annual celebration was asked by the Board of Governors of the ‘League of the Red Cross Societies (LORCS)’, later called the General Assembly of the International Federation of Red Cross Societies.

Two years later the proposal of celebrating annually World Red Cross Day was adopted on 8 May 1948, the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross. In 1984 officially it was named “World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day”. The official title of the day changed over time and became World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day in 1984.

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Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement:

Humanity: 

To prevent and eradicate miseries for every human wherever it exists. To protect life, ensure every human being’s health and respect for them. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, and cooperation among people.

Impartiality: 

It does no discrimination on the basis of nationality, race, religious beliefs, class, or political opinions. Therefore, helps the people on the basis of their needs.

Neutrality: 

Its aim is to keep everyone neutral in providing help and does not discriminate on the basis of any political, racial, religious, ideological alterations.

Independence:

 The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the movement. The movement is independent.

Voluntary Service:

It is a voluntary movement started for providing relief. It is not engendered for gain.

Unity: 

There will exist only one Red Cross and Red Crescent in one country. The organisation is open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.

Universality: 

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement shares equal status, equal liabilities, and duties in helping each other worldwide.

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