The right to sufficient shelter

People have the right to sufficient shelter.

This right is recognised every first Monday of October by the United Nations as the World Habitat Day.

It reflects on the state of human settlements and their right to sufficient shelter.

For this year, the World Habitat Day is sharing the date with the International Day of Non-Violence, also observed by the UN.

This day is also a global observance that promotes non-violence through education and public awareness.

It is annually held on October 2 to coincide with renowned Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday

The International Day of Non-Violence has strong connections with the works, beliefs and methods of peace leader Mahatma Gandhi, who is known as India’s “Father of the Nation”.

The principle of non-violence, also known as non-violent resistance, rejects the use of physical violence to achieve social or political change. Many groups throughout the world use this method in social justice campaigns.

There are three main categories of non-violent action:

  • Protest and persuasion, including marches and vigils
  • Non-cooperation
  • Non-violent intervention, such as blockades and occupations



Gloria Bauai