With the events of June 2020 in the USA, and the resulting demonstrations around the world in support of the “Black Lives Matter” campaign, it is worth restating the following principles which are fundamental to the ethos and activities of Rotary throughout the world.
“At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work. We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people. We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice. Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change.” (Rotary International 2nd June 2020)
“The recent events highlighted some critical work that is still outstanding in creating peace in the world. As a non-political organisation Rotary has been working hard on promoting and encouraging peace around the world, but there is a lot more to be done, and it remains one of our main focuses.
We actively promote creating Peace through our Peace Scholarships collaborating with various organisations including the United Nations, and our service projects. We pride ourselves on being People of Action, and will continue to take action to help make a difference.” (Rotary GB&I 5th June 2020)