International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is annually observed on August 23 to remind people of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade.
It gives people a chance to think about the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of slave trade.

This day was first celebrated in many countries, in particular in Haiti, on August 23, 1998, and in Senegal on August 23, 1999. This date also pays tribute to those who worked hard to abolish slave trade and slavery throughout the world.

Each year the united nation invites people all over the world, including educators, students and artists, to organize events that center on the theme of this day"one humanity ".Theatre companies, cultural organizations, musicians and artists take part on this day by expressing their resistance against slavery through performances that involve music, dance and drama.

Educators promote the day by informing people about the historical events associated with slave trade, the consequences of slave trade, and to promote tolerance and human rights.

In the night of 22 to 23 August 1791, men and women, torn from Africa and sold into slavery, revolted against the slave system to obtain freedom and independence for Haiti, gained in 1804.

The international day for the Remembrance of slave trade and it's Abolition is marked by the United Nations Educational, scientific, and Cultural Organisations( UNESCO ) to pay tribute to all those who fought for freedom, and in their name, to continue teaching about their story and the values therein.

The success of this rebellion, led by the slaves themselves, is a deep source of inspiration today for the fight against all forms of servitude, racism, prejudice, racial discrimination and social injustice that are a legacy of slavery.
UNESCO aims to reveal the extent and consequences of this human tragedy and to portray the wealth of the cultural traditions that African peoples have forged in the face of adversity in art, music, dance, and culture in its broader sense.

The slave trade is not merely the thing of the past: it is our history and it has shaped the face of many modern societies, creating indissoluble ties between peoples and continents, and irreversibly transforming the destiny, economy and culture of nations.

On this day of commemoration, people around the world are invited to remember, to reflect on the consequences of the past on our present, on the new requirements of living together in our multicultural societies and on the fight against contemporary forms of slavery of which millions of human beings are still victims.

There can never be any justification for such barbarism, therefore let us pay homage to the dignity and resilience of the victims of slavery and the slave trade.

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