Estonia celebrates Diversity Day ({{commentsTotal}})

Tallinn Gay Pride, an annual event promoting diversity and equality
Tallinn Gay Pride, an annual event promoting diversity and equality Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

Aiming to notice and value the significance and extra-ordinariness of every person, April 15 is celebrated as Diversity Day.

A joint initiative of the Human Rights Center, Tallinn University of Technology's project “Diversity Enriches”, and the Estonian Diversity Charter, the objective of the Diversity Day is to draw attention to the fact that diversity is a natural part of both nature and people – it's what makes the world exciting.

“On Diversity Day, we encourage people to notice that every person around us is unique regardless of their gender, age, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or disability. People around us are not exactly the same, however, we all are equally important and necessary,” said Kari Käsper, the head of the Human Rights Center, adding that more and more Estonian companies and organizations are carrying the values of diversity.

Dozens of companies organize events for their employees and guests to appreciate the value of diversity today. Companies are celebrating the day differently - some organize photo contests, others theme days, outreach events or public debates.

Many Estonian organizations have also joined the diversity agreement. With the agreement, these organizations confirm that they follow diversity principles in dealing both with their employees and their customers, and that all people are treated equally. So far, 53 companies have joined the diversity agreement.

Editor: S. Tambur