Pink Shirt Day originated in 2007 in Nova Scotia, when two grade 12 students witnessed a grade 9 student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In response to the bullying, the two students organized others in the school to take a stand against the bullying by all wearing pink shirts.. The movement soon spread to other schools within the area, then throughout Nova Scotia and, eventually, across the world. Now recognized by the United Nations, the Pink Shirt Day campaign is celebrated worldwide in more than 110 countries.
Every year , on the last Wednesday of February, people all over the world celebrate Pink Shirt Day (also known as Anti-Bullying Day) . This is a day where people of all ages are encouraged to stand against bullying and harassment in schools, workplaces and in their communities.
Why Pink Shirt Day?
- At least 1 in 5 kids are affected by bullying
- 75% of people say they've been bullied and over 90% say they have witnessed bullying incidents
- This number is much higher for LGBTQ2S+ students, with 9/10 reporting harassment and bullying
- Bullying affects all of us
On Wednesday February 23rd, let's celebrate Pink Shirt Day by standing up to bullying, treating others with dignity and respect, celebrating our differences and lifting others up!
Pink Shirt Day will take place on February 23. Check out the titles below to see how you can stand up to bullying and raise awareness.