Starbucks & ReWA Celebrate World Refugee Day

🌍 A Heartfelt Thank You to Starbucks for Embracing World Refugee Day and ReWA 🙏

On World Refugee Day, we would like to thank Starbucks and Starbucks employees for their incredible support and commitment to welcoming refugees worldwide.

We want to give a special shoutout to Starbucks for graciously hosting a remarkable event at their headquarters and extending an invitation to ReWA. By recognizing the importance of World Refugee Day and partnering with organizations like ReWA, Starbucks exemplifies the true spirit of corporate social responsibility. We also want to highlight and commend Starbucks as one of the 40 companies that have pledged to hire and train 250,000 refugees across Europe.

As we celebrate World Refugee Day, let’s stand in solidarity with refugees, recognizing their strength, resilience, and immense contributions to society.

Here are some facts about World Refugee Day:

  1. Purpose: The main objective of World Refugee Day is to honor the courage, resilience, and strength of millions of refugees who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution, conflict, or violence. It aims to raise awareness about their situations and promote empathy and support for their needs.
  2. United Nations: World Refugee Day is an initiative of the United Nations. It was established by the UN General Assembly in December 2000 through Resolution 55/76 to be observed annually starting from 2001.
  3. Theme: Each year, World Refugee Day has a specific theme that highlights different aspects of the refugee experience. The theme often focuses on issues such as education, health, employment, or the specific challenges faced by refugees in different regions of the world.
  4. Global Observance: World Refugee Day is observed in numerous countries around the world through various events, including art exhibitions, film screenings, panel discussions, cultural performances, and fundraising activities. These events aim to promote understanding and solidarity with refugees.
  5. Global Refugee Crisis: According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), there were 82.4 million forcibly displaced people worldwide by the end of 2020, including 26.4 million refugees. This represents a staggering number of people who have been uprooted from their homes.
  6. Refugee vs. Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs): While refugees are individuals who have fled their home countries due to a well-founded fear of persecution, IDPs are people who have been forced to leave their homes but remain within their country’s borders. World Refugee Day also acknowledges the struggles faced by IDPs.
  7. Protection and Support: World Refugee Day highlights the importance of protecting and supporting refugees. It calls upon governments, organizations, and individuals to uphold the rights of refugees, provide them with humanitarian assistance, and work towards durable solutions, including voluntary repatriation, local integration, or resettlement.
  8. Refugee Contributions: Refugees have made significant contributions to the cultural, social, economic, and scientific fabric of their host communities. World Refugee Day seeks to recognize and celebrate the resilience, skills, and talents that refugees bring to their new homes.
  9. Advocacy and Awareness: World Refugee Day serves as a platform for advocacy and raising awareness about the challenges faced by refugees. It aims to combat misconceptions, dispel stereotypes, and promote a more empathetic and inclusive society that embraces refugees and their contributions.
  10. #WithRefugees Campaign: The UNHCR leads the #WithRefugees campaign, which urges governments, communities, and individuals to show support for refugees by signing a petition that calls for equality, dignity, and respect for refugees. The campaign aims to mobilize global solidarity and generate political will to address the refugee crisis.

World Refugee Day provides an opportunity for people worldwide to stand in solidarity with refugees and work towards a more compassionate and inclusive world.