Day of anti-silence

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12 June is the “Day of Silence“, “a day of action in which students across New Zealand vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, name-calling and harassment in schools.”

At Epsom Girls Grammar School, however, 12 June will be a day of anti-silence. Students who are part of DIVINQ will be taking a different tack.

We’ll be shouting about bullying all over the school at lunchtime.

We think silence is the friend of bullying and, to support and complement the people and organisations behind the day of silence, we want to yell in no uncertain terms that bullying is unacceptable, unwanted and uncool.

We will holler messages of acceptance, diversity, uniqueness and love. Yes, love, because love is the absence of fear – and fear causes bullying.

So, whether you’re silent or loud on 12 June, make it a day to celebrate and honour humanity, in all our magnificent beauty.

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About Diversity NZ

Diversity New Zealand Ltd was established by Philip Patston in 2001. As well as providing consulting, keynotes and workshops, we run a suite of blogs and social networks, all focussed on presenting cool ideas about diversity and casting a different slant on the world.

One response to “Day of anti-silence”

  1. Operation No Shame says :

    Reblogged this on Operation No Shame and commented:
    No one deserves to be bullied. No one.

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