World Red Cross Day and Red Crescent day

World Red Cross day and Red Crescent Day – May 08th

World Red Cross Day and Red Crescent day is celebrated on May 8 each year to courage and achievements of volunteers and staff worldwide. Their life-saving and life-changing services ensure that we maintain our commitment to humanity.

One in 65 people worldwide is supported by the Red Cross or Red Crescent every year. Teams often endanger lives and assist according to seven basic principles: humanitarian, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.

Around the world, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement provide a wide range of services to the most vulnerable people in all situations, from responding to needs in disaster and conflict situations to assisting. They reach out to the community and advocate on behalf of those in need, those in urban areas, and difficult access areas.

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The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Society movement, an independent global network of approximately 11.7 million active volunteers and 450,000 employees operates in communities in more than 190 countries. Our volunteers and staff come from around the world and provide diverse support to 160 million people.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent teams work together to respond to emergencies such as earthquakes, conflicts, immigration crises, and health hazards and help neighboring areas prepare for future disasters and keep children healthy. Make sure you get the vaccine you need. The network operates almost nationwide and in some of the most dangerous places-a true front-line organization that helps those most affected by conflicts and disasters.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are committed to providing appropriate and timely humanitarian services to vulnerable communities now and in the future Using more than 150 years of humanitarian activity.

History of the World Red Cross day and Red Crescent Day

After the First World War, the Red Cross presented itself as an important contribution to peace. It established an international committee at the 14th International Conference of the Red Cross to study the Red Cross ceasefire.

The report of the Red Cross ceasefire was published in 1934, and the principle was approved at the 15th International Conference in Tokyo. It can be applied to various regions around the world. In World War II in 1946, the Tokyo proposal went into effect.

The board requested the possibility of an annual celebration of directors of the “Federation of the Red Cross societies (LORCS),” later called the General Assembly of the International Federation of Red Cross Societies. Two years later, the proposal was adopted each year on May 8, 1948, to celebrate World Red Cross Day on the anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross. It was officially announced in 1984 as “World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.”

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The headquarter of Red cross society

The theme for the year 2017 was “Memorable smiles from around the world,” and the year 2018 was “Less known Red Cross stories”. But, the chosen theme for 2019 was “#Love”. They aimed to broaden public awareness of society, highlighting the diversity and universality of its functions and approach. The organization had written, “On World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day and throughout 2019, we will celebrate the strength and reach of our global network, and the contribution of our staff and 11.7 million active volunteers through the theme #Love.” on their website.

World Red Cross day and Red Crescent Day 2021

The theme of 2021 World Red Cross day and Red Crescent Day is to “Keep clapping for the volunteers, staff and everyone responding to Covid-19”.

On this World Red Cross Day and Red Crescent Day, we are particularly proud of the work of volunteers and staff at the forefront of meeting the growing needs of the COVID-19 pandemic-influenced community. They spread goodness and solidarity all over the world, bringing hope and dignity in despair. During this crisis, the incredible spirit of our volunteers around the world is a source of praise and a source of inspiration for others to participate.

On May 8 of this year, all humans are physically separated from each other, but as we walk the path to humanity, we are closer than ever because we all have a part in doing in order to defeat the crisis. The international Red Cross and Red Crescent movements are always there, close to those who need us most during the most challenging times when hope can seem much less attainable.

The original intention of Henry Davison, one of the founders of our organization, founded in the wake of the 1918 influenza pandemic, remains ours today. The scope of society is finding ways to contribute to the world for the benefit of our experience in order to coordinate the efforts of all the national societies of the world for the benefit of mankind.

This year we all are witnessing an unprecedented moment, which encourages us to adapt to new ways of volunteering and working with our communities. Despite changing proximity to vulnerable people and communities, the international Red Cross and Red Crescent continue their works even under this different time in order to provide a better world for lives. And in such an era of physical distance, they also teach to show comfort and solidarity from a distance, continue to make social connections, and foster a sense of belonging.

International Red Cross and Red Crescent’s ability to respond to this crisis determines the impact on vulnerable people and all of us around the world. They are trying to tackle this pandemic with an approach that “no one is safe until we are all safe.” As never before, the safety and well-being of all are important to the safety and well-being of the world.

Today’s world is in a state of constant turmoil and permanent crisis, but whatever the problems of natural disasters, climate crises, conflicts, migration, etc., the Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are visible in peace and solidarity. In these difficult times, their commitment and dedication as first responders and local stakeholders to alleviate human suffering remain strong and powerful.

Why celebrate World Red Cross day and Red Crescent Day

On World Red Cross Day and Red Crescent Day, they thank 13 million volunteers for their exemplary dedication to humanitarian goals and principles and thank them for their kindness, courage, and selflessness. This is an opportunity to do so.

Each of the women and men, young and older people, who continue to realize the ideas of the Red Cross and the Crescent of World Red Cross and the Red Crescent Society are celebrated on World Red every day. Especially celebrated people who efforts to reach the most vulnerable and leave no one behind and appreciate the families’ support for their dedication to humanity. They highly believe that quote of founder Henry Dunant: “Everyone can, in one way or another, each in their sphere and according to their strength, contribute to some extent to this good work.”

International Red Cross and Red Crescent 

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an international humanitarian movement involving approximately 97 million volunteers, members, and staff worldwide. It was established to protect human life and health, respect all human beings and prevent and reduce suffering.

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Red cross society membership 1918

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a combination of three legally independent organizations but united within the movement through basic principles, objectives, symbols, and standard governing bodies. An institution founded in 1863 in Geneva, Switzerland, especially by Henry Dunant and Gustave Moynier. Its 25-member committee has its authority to protect the lives and dignity of victims of international and domestic armed conflict under international humanitarian law. The international Red Cross and Red Crescent were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize three times in 1917, 1944, and 1963.

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Young Red Cross nurses 1950s

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) was established in 1919 and currently coordinates between the 190 International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies within the movement on an international level. They work closely with national associations to support large-scale relief missions. The International Federation Secretariat is located in Geneva in Switzerland. The Federation (then called the League of Red Cross Societies) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1963, combining with the ICRC.

Generally, The National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies locate in nearly every country, following the principles of international humanitarian law and the laws of international movements. Base on the particular circumstances and abilities, national associations, may undertake additional humanitarian missions that are not directly defined by international humanitarian law or the obligations of international movements.

There are seven principles of society.

  1. Humanity: The main objective is to protect life and health and to guarantee respect for human beings. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, and cooperation between all people.
  1. Impartiality: Do not discriminate based on nationality, race, religious beliefs, class, or political opinion. The primary motivation is to help people only according to their needs and prioritize the most urgent cases of distress.
  1. Neutrality: the movement should not engage in political, racial, religious, or ideological debate to enjoy the confidence of all.
  1. Independence: While national societies support government humanitarian services and are subject to national law, they must always maintain autonomy always to act following the principles of the movement.
  1. Voluntary service: It is a voluntary aid movement that is in no way encouraged by the desire for profit.
  1. Unity: The society must continue humanitarian activities all over its territory.
  1. Universality: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movements are taking place worldwide, where all societies have the same status and share the same responsibilities and obligations to help each other.

How to celebrate World Red Cross day and Red Crescent Day?

World Red Cross Day is celebrated to create a peaceful environment around the world. The main purpose of the day is to decrease the death rate of the people suffering from an Epidemic illness, disasters, starvation, and wars. World Red Cross day and Red Crescent Day promote self-awareness and empower Youngers to learn about critical techniques and methods that need the survival of our next generation. That will help to announce the importance of human lives. It not only protects lives but also provides financial help to overcome the circumstance. 

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Red Cross Youth Celebration

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TV and Radio programs, Newspaper articles, and poster campaigns are organized on this day to appreciate the service of the World Red cross. Especially Volunteers who cause death and accidents during their services will be memorized.

Younger Volunteers join the team on the World Red Cross day and Red Crescent day. They work almost 60 hours, which is known as volunteer time for the subject in charge of the volunteers.

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