Speak up – stand together – stop bullying
On Friday 26 May 2017 we, along with all New Zealanders, are being asked to celebrate Pink Shirt Day and stand together to take action against bullying.
Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, mobilising their whole school, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt.
New Zealanders, and all in our UC community, can show support by wearing pink and organising activities within their school/university, workplaces and communities to celebrate diversity, promote positive relationships and raise awareness and understanding of bullying.
Pink Shirt Day aims to create schools, workplaces and communities where all people feel safe, valued and respected.
Last year more than 300 schools, workplaces, community groups and well known New Zealanders participated in the campaign, making it the largest since 2009 when Pink Shirt Day was first launched in New Zealand.
Pink Shirt Day is led by the Mental Health Foundation, with support from: The Peace Foundation, RainbowYOUTH, InsideOUT, New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association, Youthline and Family Works.