The first ever International Translation Day to be officially recognised by the UN General Assembly will be celebrated by numerous professional translators and interpreters and their associations on 30 September 2017. Wieners+Wieners GmbH will be honouring this day with a donation to the non-profit organisation Red T.

International Translation Day has been celebrated annually on 30 September by many societies and associations since 1954. In German-speaking regions, the day is also known as ‘Hieronymus Day’ – the feast day of Hieronymus, the patron saint of translators, whose English name is St Jerome. But the UN General Assembly officially recognised this day in the spring of this year.

Wieners+Wieners is honouring this first official International Translation Day by making a donation to the not-for-profit organisation Red T. ‘We are delighted, along with all translators and interpreters, about the recognition of their role in the interconnectedness of countries and the promotion of peace,’ stated Felix Bingel-Erlenmeyer, head of languages at Wieners+Wieners. ‘It is great to see how years of efforts of various associations are paying off. As a service provider of comprehensive language projects, we inherently have particular insight into the relevance and importance of professional translations.’

With its donation, Wieners+Wieners wants to support the endeavours of Red T, which is working with other non-profit organisations, to motivate the UN Security Council to approve a further resolution. The resolution would place translators and interpreters practising their profession in areas of conflict under the same protection as journalists, members of the media and their staff. Furthermore, the organisation is also a voice for translators and interpreters who are being threatened or persecuted merely because they are doing their job.

‘We rely on highly trained freelance translators around the world who can do their work with the concentration they need and of course without being bogged down with worries,’ Bingel-Erlenmeyer explained. ‘Red T does significant work in safeguarding the interests of these translators. It’s not only about helping each person directly though. It’s also about governments taking responsibility when they have local translators and interpreters supporting their military in areas of conflict, and knowing that those workers are taking on a big risk for themselves and their families.’

Wieners+Wieners GmbH is an internationally active provider of premium language services in the form of translations and adaptions as well as proofreading and editorial services. Founded in 1990, the company – and its meanwhile 60 employees – is among the world’s top 100 language service providers today. As a specialist for advertising and marketing language, Wieners+Wieners uses a comprehensive network of carefully selected expert translators who translate exclusively into their native languages for the realisation of a wide array of projects in more than 70 languages. Customers include most leading German advertising agencies, numerous large companies from the fields of business and industry as well as small and medium-sized companies from all segments.

Red T is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of translators and interpreters (T&Is) in conflict zones and other adversarial settings. Comprising a team of volunteers, Red T advocates worldwide on behalf of linguists at risk, raises awareness of their plight and promotes their safety.