The World Kindness Movement-WKM is an International Coalition of Good-willing
Organizations that share in the global ideals for positive change, inspiring leaders In the society to promote acts of kindness, show empathy, love, and Courage to confront mutual suspicion, fear, and hate across the globe.
The idea of a World Kindness Movement was conceived at a Tokyo conference in 1996 when founders of the Small Kindness Movement in Japan brought together like-minded individuals from around the world to a brainstorming session on the need for a global kindness movement, in a bid to change the narrative of the hostility to a more humane and kinder world. They were led by Dr. Wataru Mori, a physician in Tokyo, who envisioned that a more compassionate and peaceful world could be achieved if a critical mass of acts of kindness was ignited.
At the second conference held in 1997, it was mutually agreed by the delegates that a declaration by signed to herald the formation of the World Kindness Movement on the September 20, 1997. The founding members of the movement were Australia, Canada, Japan, Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of Singapore, The United Kingdom and the United States of America.
At the moment, the Members of the movement are in 33 nations with representatives from Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uganda, USA and Zimbabwe.
At the London 7th General Assembly in 2012 the kindness torch was passed from Singapore to Australia to bring about positive change whereby all nations of the world can be united under a Coalition of the Good-willing. Every 13 th November is WORLD KINDNESS DAY.
In the year 2000, the awareness of this noble Movement was brought to the attention of Pan-African Reconciliation Center (PARC) after the first celebration of the World Kindness day in (November 13) in the Maple leaf's Country. At the 2007 general assembly in Singapore, Late Dr. Adeolu Adenekan was elected as the WKM as an International Council member. As far as Nigeria is concerned, our baptism of fire on its 1 Kindness Day, was held at the instance of the Ministry of Women Affairs of Kwara State in November, 2011 at the central region of Nigeria with the handing over of WKM flag to the state Government through the office of the first Lady, the wife of Kwara State Governor amidst other presentation witnessed by over 600 students. A key note address was delivered by late Dr. Adenekan who pioneered the project in Nigeria.
At the 2014 General Assembly in Sydney, Australia, Stephen Oke was elected as one of the members of the International Council of the Movement, and WORLD KINDNESS NIGERIA was officially listed and approved as the national peak body of kindness based organizations in Nigeria.
In 2018, the World Kindness Initiative Nigeria was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission as a Kindness based organization and also enlisted as member of the World Kindness Movement.
Our mission is to INSPIRE, ENGAGE and INFLUENCE all sectors of the community to work together to bring about a kinder world by adopting the following principles:
Every 13 th November is World Kindness Day. All members of WKN shall come up with a kindness initiative with the display of member organisations logo on their campaign materials, members shall be encouraged to ware their Community Kindness Guild uniform to promote the Day and to execute community service programmes in order to attract public interest in kindness projects. District Governors shall lead their Districts to carry out activities of the Day.
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