Pink Shirt Day is about all people feeling safe, accepted and valued in all areas of their lives. It started in Canada way back in ‘07, when a boy showed up to school in a pink shirt and was bullied for his colour choice. Two of his friends decided that enough was enough, and their whole school decided to wear a pink shirt on a designated day. From there it made its way around the world, including to New Zealand where we recognise it mid May.
Why do we need Pink Shirt Day? Statistically, New Zealand is one of the worst countries worldwide for bullying. Nearly one in ten kids in Aotearoa has been afraid that someone at school would hurt them in the last year. Bullying happens in our schools and in our communities so it's important we all talk about it. It's also important parents think about what they can do to support their kids, and what we can all do to help make the world a better place!