Tuesday 21st May marked the 18th annual World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue & Development, which aims to bridge the gap between cultures to create peace, stability and to promote development worldwide. Here Kirsty Fallowfield, who sits on our Diversity & Inclusivity Network, shares more about how we celebrated the day.
According to the United Nations (UN), three quarters of the world’s major conflicts have a cultural dimension and so bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and essential for peace.
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue & Development, which is headed up by the UN, provides us with the opportunity to further develop our knowledge and understanding of cultural diversity and the benefits it has on our day-to-day lives.
So using the hashtag #DoOneThing, the wider UDG Healthcare group vouched to do one thing to support the campaign, taking part in a range of activities, which aimed to support diversity and inclusion around the world.
Here at Pegasus, we invited colleagues to share their own cultural influences on a world map using post-its to pinpoint which cultures they’ve been inspired by, from music to television, and food to heritage. We served some delicious food from around the world and played world music to help inspire our creativity.
The day was a great success. Our world map especially inspired great conversation, and was filled with brightly coloured markers clearly demonstrating everyone’s cultural influences from around the world.
Thanks to everyone who took part – we hope it might inspire you to share your own cultural influences with those around you.