World Consumer Rights Day: Know about International Consumer Rights Day

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Jan 11, 2022, 13:22

The word 'consumer' was chosen to reflect that consumers suffer from inadequate products, unfair terms of sale and poor after-sales service. Consumers are also those who benefit from good products, transparent terms and good after-sales service.

Every year, world consumer rights day is celebrated on March 15. Consumer groups worldwide come together to commemorate World Consumer Rights Day. This day was established to draw public attention to consumer rights and make consumers aware of the importance of their purchasing power.

History of World Consumer Rights Day

President John F Kennedy was the first American President to recognize the need for consumer rights, and he addressed the issue on March 15, 1962, to Congress. Later in 1983, the first World Consumer Rights Day was celebrated on March 15, and the consumer guidelines first came into effect in 1985.

Treaties, agreements, and declarations have been drawn up to help protect consumers' rights in different areas. One of the most important is the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It includes a consumer protection clause, which protects people against exploitation and abuse by business interests. The UN also maintains a website that can be used to start more information on consumer rights.

When is World Consumer Rights Day celebrated?

On March 15, consumers worldwide celebrate World Consumer Rights Day. It is a time to focus on the rights of consumers, and it is their day of action. It was launched as a day of global solidarity for consumer protection that would have an impact beyond national borders and be more visible than year-round campaigns.

About World Consumer Rights Day

Each year, consumer organizations and individuals around the world come together on March 15 to raise awareness of consumer rights, to celebrate and commemorate the achievements already made toward a more consumer-friendly world, and to call for new and more robust measures to ensure that all consumers receive fair value for their goods and services.

An annual tradition since 1983, World Consumer Rights Day is an occasion to reflect on the progress that has been made in ensuring that consumers are treated fairly in the marketplace, to call attention to those practices and policies that continue to deny people their right to choose freely among sellers, suppliers, goods and services, and to identify challenges that remain.

How can you celebrate World Consumer Rights Day?

There are many things you can do to show your support for consumers and promote the importance of this cause around the globe. One way is to join related events that are taking place throughout the year or attend rallies and conferences specifically about consumer rights abuses in your area.

Another option is to contact legislators and government officials that deal with consumer issues and express your support for making changes when necessary. A third way is to talk about your thoughts and experiences with others who might be interested in this cause.

World Consumer Rights Day encourages consumers to become aware of their rights concerning international law and defend those rights. The day also serves as a reminder for businesses to have legal and moral obligations toward their customers.

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FAQs about World Consumer Rights Day

  • When is World Consumer Rights Day celebrated every year?

World Consumer Rights Day is celebrated on March 15 every year.

  • What was the World Consumer Rights Day theme in 2021?

'Tackling Plastic Pollution' was the theme in 2021.

  • Why is World Consumer Rights Day celebrated every year?

This day has been proclaimed by the United Nations and aims to help consumers become informed, take action and defend their rights.

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Neha DhyaniNeha DhyaniMember since Jul 2017
An IT engineer turned Writer, Neha is a versatile content creator at ‘Gradeup’, who covers news and top stories of the education sector. She has been in the industry since 2015. She is passionate about her work, however, when she isn’t crafting content, she’s probably reading, playing badminton, watching YouTube or just lazing around. Her email address is neha.dhyani@gradeup.co.